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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 28

    A SET OF EIGHT NORTH ITALIAN MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS

    AFTER A DESIGN BY PELAGIO PALAGI, CIRCA 1820-30

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF EIGHT NORTH ITALIAN MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS
    AFTER A DESIGN BY PELAGIO PALAGI, CIRCA 1820-30
    Each with a curved crestrail with a stylized anthemion drop pendant with terracotta close-nailed leather covered seat and cylindrical legs ending in brass caps, one frame inscribed in ink '11513' and seven frames inscribed in pencil 'SA 17.879', minor variations to seat-rail construction (8)


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    These 'Etruscan' style chairs closely follow a drawing by Rome-trained artist, architect and antiquarian Filippo Pelagio Palagi (1775-1860), which is illustrated here. In their execution these chairs are almost identical to those made by Giovanni Chaivassa for the Castello di Racconigi in 1835 after Palagi's design. An example of Chiavassa's chairs, which vary from the set offered here in their use of iron foliate inlay to the back, splat and seat-rail, are illustrated in E. Colle, Il Mobile Impero in Italia, Milan, 1998, p. 376.

    Pelagio Palagi (1775-1860)

    The celebrated Bolognese ornemaniste and furniture designer Pelagio Palagi developed a taste for 'Etruscan' archeological treasures while in Rome between 1806 and 1815. In 1832, King Carlo Alberto (1798-1849) commissioned Palagi to refurbish the Castello di Racconigi, and this included the famous Etruscan room completed in 1834. Palagi was extensively patronised by Carlo Alberto, both at the Palazzo Reale and the Castello di Racconigi, where he was given free reign for the entire decorative schemes.

    Provenance

    with Dalva Brothers, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    A SET OF DINING CHAIRS AFTER A DESIGN BY PELAGIO PELAGI

    THE PROPERTY OF A PALM BEACH COLLECTOR
    (LOTS 23-35)

    Pelagio Pelagi, design for a chair, Biblioteca Communale dell'Archiginnasio, Bologna (inv. no. 2201).


    Literature

    E. Colle, Il Mobile Impero in Italia, Milan, 1998, p. 376.