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An Italian parcel-gilt and blue and white-painted commode
An Italian parcel-gilt and blue and white-painted commode

LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY SIENNA

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An Italian parcel-gilt and blue and white-painted commode
Late 18th century, probably Sienna
The rope-twist bronze moulded Sienna marble top above a pair of panelled drawers, decorated sans-travers with grotesque themes, the sides with conforming panels depicting the coat of arms of the Chigi della Rovere family, flanked by spirally fluted tapering supports, headed by acanthus leaves, their feet in the shape of the 'six mountains' of the Chigi crest, partially re-decorated
92 cm. high x 112 cm. wide x 64 cm. deep

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The present commode was originally placed in the Villa di Vicobello in Sienna, which belonged to the Chigi family, a Roman princely family of Sienese extraction descended from the counts of Ardenghesca. The earliest authentic mention of them is in the 13th century, and concernes one Alemanno, counsellor of the Republic of Sienna.
The design of the Villa has generally been attributed to Baldassare Peruzzi, an architect and painter from Sienna, who worked under Bramante, Raphael, and Sangallo during the erection of the new St. Peter's in Rome. Peruzzi probably also designed the famous terraced garden.

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