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Lot 121

A set of five stained and leaded glass metal framed windows

early 20th century
one inscribed 'De Matteis, Firenze'
246cm high by 55cm wide

Estimate: £2,000 - £4,000
Hammer price: £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 lived.

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 its inception. 

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