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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    A SET OF FOUR NORTH-ITALIAN PARCEL-GILT AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED ARMCHAIRS

    VENICE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR NORTH-ITALIAN PARCEL-GILT AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED ARMCHAIRS
    VENICE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Each decorated overall with trailing flowers against a pale-green ground, the shield-shaped back and cushioned seat covered in green velvet, the scrolled arms above a cushioned seat and a shaped apron, the cresting and apron each centred by a profile medallion, on chanelled cabriole legs, partially redecorated
    36¾ in. (93.5 cm.) high (4)


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    Of typical Venetian shape, these armchairs are delicately decorated with polychrome floral sprays, a style en vogue throughout the second half of the 18th century in north Italy, but especially in Venice. Probably the most celebrated suite of such Venetian rococo style, reputedly supplied to the Villa Pisani at Stra, was sold from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection at Christie's, London, 14 December 2000, lots 32 and 33.
    Other examples of seat-furniture similar in decoration to the present suite are illustrated in S. Levy, Lacche Veneziane Settecentesche, Novara, 1999, vol. 1, pl. 44. While a related model with similar blue-painted cameo profile medallion to both cresting and seatrail is illustrated Ibid, pl. 56-57, an almost identical armchair was sold from the estate of Paulette Goddard, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 29 September 1990, lot 309.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE PALAZZO OF A MILANESE NOBLE FAMILY
    (LOTS 16-17)

    The following two lots formed part of a collection sold at Christie's, London, 19 March 2009 (lots 30-83).