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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    AN ITALIAN GILTWOOD CONSOLE

    ROME, MID-18TH CENTURY

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    AN ITALIAN GILTWOOD CONSOLE
    ROME, MID-18TH CENTURY
    The shaped Siena marble top above a foliate-carved frieze and a pierced apron centred by a winged female mask flanked by foliate scrolls, on foliate-wrapped scrolled supports headed by grotesque masks and carved with dragons, joined by a shell and terminating in moulded feet
    35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) high; 52½ in. (133.5 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep


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    The sacred dragons ornating the S-shaped supports most probably refer to the coat-of-arms of the celebrated Boncompagni Roman dynasty. Cardinal Ugo Boncompagni was elected pope on May 13, 1572. His coat-of-arms shows a dragon with a truncated tail, which is the evil part of this imaginary animal.
    The Boncompagni Ludovisi had a palace in Rome in Piazza Colonna. When the palace was pulled down to enlarge the central part of Via del Corso, the Boncompagni Ludovisi built a new very large palace on the site of their casino.
    Interestingly, the dragon motif is also featured on the coats-of-arms of other Roman families, such as the Borghese and Del Drago.

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    Provenance

    By repute, Principi Boncompagni Ludovisi, Rome.