Tags: Carvers, Trade, Italy, place: Como
Gilder and carver Andrea [Andrew] Pasquale Vacani was born around 1824 in the Lake Como region. Having moved to London, he worked initially for another Italian carver, Giovanni [John] Ponzini, at whose address, no. 22 Hatton Garden, he was listed as a shopman, gilder and carver in the 1861 census. He was recorded as a carver and gilder in the 1871 census, and as a furniture dealer in 1881. He was then living at no. 95 High Holborn. His partnership with Josiah Woodgate was described in the 1873 directory as ‘Dealers and importers of antique furniture, curiosities & works of art, looking glass & picture frame makers & artistic decorators, carvers, gilders & upholsterers’.
The partnership, trading as Woodgate & Vacani at no. 95/6 High Holborn, was dissolved in March 1878. Vacani continued to trade, referring for many years to his business as ‘late Woodgates’. He died in 1903. His son Paul Vacani had set up business at no. 157 Fulham Road as a carver and gilder by the time of the 1891 census, and was listed there as a fine art dealer in 1901 with his father. Edward Burne-Jones was a client of both Andrew Vacani and his son Paul at one time or another between 1879 and 1890.