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    Sale 7433

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    8 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 121

    A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN POLYCHROME-DECORATED CASSAPANCHE

    VENICE, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN POLYCHROME-DECORATED CASSAPANCHE
    VENICE, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    Each with a shaped arched back surmounted by a foliate cresting, decorated with large scrolls and foliate motifs, with hinged seat above a shaped front centred by a stylised lambrequin flanked by foliate scrolls, restorations to the seat, redecorated in the 19th century, with traces of original decoration
    95¼ in. (242 cm.) high; 112 in. (285 cm.) wide; 15 in. (38 cm.) deep (2)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (LOTS 121-122)

    With their characteristic tall and colourfully-painted backs, this palatial type of panca or bench was probably developed in Northern Italy in the early 18th century. The bold and grand decoration was undoubtedly linked to the architecture of the hall or gallery of the palazzo for which they were intended. Coats-of-arms are often incorporated within a clearly-defined scheme of scrolls, strapwork and pilaster. Related examples include one in the Palazzo Reale in Genoa, illustrated in A. Gonzalez-Palacios, Il Mobile in Liguria, p. 126, fig. 148 and one in the Palazzo dell'Universita, Parma, which is discussed in E. Colle, Il Mobile Barocco in Italia, Milan, 2000, p. 260.