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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 35

    A NORTH ITALIAN GILTWOOD FAUTEUIL

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY TURIN

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    A NORTH ITALIAN GILTWOOD FAUTEUIL
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY TURIN
    The medallion shaped back surmounted with a Mercury mask flanked by garlands, the arms terminating with lion heads on a spiral-fluted baluster support, the seat frieze carved with entrelacs, on square tapering legs applied with vine leaves garlands, upholstered with green cut-velvet
    43 in. (109 cm.) high; 27 in. (68 cm.) wide; 22 ½ in. (57 cm.) deep


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    This giltwood fauteuil is related to seat-furniture supplied in circa 1780 to Carlo Francesco Valperga, conte di Masino and marchese di Caluso for the Palazzo Masino, Turin, by the sculptural carver, Bartolomeo Manghetti (G. Ferraris, Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo e la scultura decorativa in legno a Torino nel periodo neoclassico (1770-1830), Cavallermaggiore, 1991, p. 133 138 nos. C, CI). In 1780, following the conte di Masino’s appointment as Viceroy of Sardinia, second only in importance to the king, a palazzo was acquired from the duc di Broglia on the corner of via Arsenale and via San Carlo, Turin, and an immediate refurbishment occurred in the most fashionable 'alla francese' Louis XVI style, using the architect Filippo Castelli, with furniture supplied by Manghetti (ibid., pp. 133-135). The distinctive carving of the back struts is virtually identical to that found on a set of four carved painted and parcel gilt armchairs sold Sotheby’s, Milan, 20th June 2001, lot 619.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


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