Pietro Accorsi (1891-1982) was one of the most renowned antique dealers of the 20th Century in Italy. He assisted in the assembly of this collection for Mr. Piaggio's luxurious interiors, demonstrated by a group of pieces bearing his trade label with the address of his shop ‘via Po. 55, Torino’. Accorsi was well-respected within the European art world as a trend setter and was advisor and dealer to numerous prestigious collectors and institutions. His visionary nature led him to become the key negotiator in the preservation of many important Italian collections, including several in Genoa. Upon his death in 1982, Accorsi bequeathed his personal collection to the city of Turin, which now forms the city’s decorative arts museum, Fondazione Accorsi-Ometto. As a result of Accorsi’s passion for his native decorative arts, and his in-depth knowledge of the region’s distinct identities, it is not surprising to find that he helped source predominantly Genoese pieces when advising for Genoese collections. Due to its close proximity to France, Genoese craftsmen were particularly influenced by their counterparts in Paris, often veneering their furniture in exotic woods such as tulipwood, kingwood and rosewood and adhering closely to rococo and then neoclassical principles. Furthermore, as the city was a thriving port, craftsmen were able to source these exotic timbers with relative ease. Both French and Genoese furniture, emulating the principles of French style and craft, appear with Accorsi’s label in this collection.
FIVE NORTH ITALIAN OCHRE-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT DOORS
TURIN, MID-18TH CENTURY
Comprising a pair with frames incorporating over-doors inset with painted panels of seascapes, two with similar carving and over-door panels of seascapes, and a single similarly carved door, three of the group with mirror plate panels
The doors with over-door panels: 12 ft. 5 in. (378.5 cm.) high, and slightly smaller; 55 in. (144 cm.) wide, and slightly smaller
The single door: 8 ft. 3 in. (252 cm.) high; 50 in. (127 cm.) wide
Probably removed from Palazzo Turinetti di Priero, Piazza San Carlo, Turin during the Second World War.