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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.