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A set of five stained and leaded glass metal framed windows
early 20th century
one inscribed 'De Matteis, Firenze'
246cm high by 55cm wide
£2,000 - £4,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.
The atelier De Matteis, founded in Florence by
Ulisse De Matteis in 1859, was an integral part of the restoration of many
public monuments in Florence. Ulisse De Matteis was born in Florence in 1828. He
studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence with the renowned
painter Stefano Ussi. De Matteis’ career as a painter was relatively short
In 1859, Ulisse De Matteis founded his stained
glass workshop in Florence in the Via Guelfa together with his two younger
brothers. De Matteis’ obituary in the Corriere della Sera reports
that he died at the age of 82, lists several of his important commissions in
Florence and abroad.
The De Matteis evidently turned over the position
of artistic director in 1904 to the Florentine painter Ezio Giovanozzi3.Giovanozzi
worked in the Liberty and Renaissance revival styles which were quite popular:
following Ulisse De Matteis’ death, Giovanozzi created some of the largest and
best-preserved stained glass cycles in the firm’s history.
In a catalogue published under Giovanozzi’s direction
in 1915, the firm lists all of the works created and restored by the firm since