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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 117

    AN ITALIAN GILTWOOD THRONE CHAIR

    BY GIOVANNI BERARDI, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN GILTWOOD THRONE CHAIR
    BY GIOVANNI BERARDI, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Elaborately carved overall with acanthus leaves, 'S' and 'C'-scrolls and rocaille decoration, with swept arms and cabiriole legs joined by an 'X'-shaped stretcher centred by a pomegranate boss, the padded seat and back upholstered in claret velvet, the underside with gum-label STABILIMENTO BERARDI/FIRENZE Piazza S. M. Novella/TAPPEZZERIA E FABBRICA DI MOBILI
    The back: 70 in. (178 cm.) high


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    Giovanni Berardi started his business at Prato, Tuscany, in 1869 before relocating to Florence. Producing high quality furniture in a varied range of styles Berardi received commissions from the most important families of Florence. For example, the Malenchini family purchased numerous items for the restoration of their Palazzo Malenchini Alberti in Florence and for their country estate, the Villa Malenchini. Of this prestigious commission a journalist recorded 'a painted wood suite of lounge furniture, characterised by quality and originality [and] a monumental gilt-wood seat covered with broccato'. Renamed Giovanni Berardi ed Eredi (and Sons) around 1880, the firm went on to exhibit at the international fair of Turin in 1898.

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