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A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD BERGERES
A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD BERGERES

POSSIBLY TURIN, FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD BERGERES
POSSIBLY TURIN, FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
Each incurved back with leaf-tip-carved crest and pierced sides carved with winged sphinxes continuing to foliate arabesque scrolls, covered with close-nailed chocolate brown sueded fabric, with drop-in seat, on a berried laurel-carved seatrail, on turned, tapering foliate-carved legs ending in ball feet, one stamped 'McD' twice and stamped '940' and '2511' (2)

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The lush, pierced scrolling acanthus of the arm supports and distinctive profile of the leaf-wrapped back legs relate these impressive bergeres to the work of Pelagio Palagi (1775-1860), a painter, sculptor and architect who worked extensively for the royal court of Savoy in the 1830's in a particularly rich neo-classical style. An armchair with similar scrolling foliage and raked back, based on a design by Palagi and supplied to the Castello di Racconigi in 1834, is illlustrated in E. Colle, Il Mobile Impero in Italia, Milan, 1998, p. 364, cat. 118, and designs for related chairs by Palagi are illustrated op. cit., p. 368

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