30 September 1999
A MATCHED PAIR OF ITALIAN WALNUT HIGH-BACK ARMCHAIRS
Each with rectangular shaped back and padded seat covered in Genoese red and gold silk damask, the arched toprail flanked by scrolled and berried foliate finials, gilt on one of the armchairs, the moulded and scrolled arms surmounted by a C-scroll and shell motif above square panelled tapering feet carved with foliate husks and centered by an X-shaped stretcher and on small toupie feet, one chair partly re-railed, with a label stencilled '40', the other armchair with stencilled black ink inscription 'G.BERARDI ROMA, VILLA DEL BABUINO 156.157'.
63 in. (160 cm.) high; 64 in. (163 cm.) high, repectively (2)
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An almost identical armchair from the Don Livio Odeschalchi collection and dated to the beginning of the 17th Century is illustrated in G. Lizzani, Il Mobile Romano, Milano, 1970, p. 91, ill. 148.
On 6 and 7 of December Christie’s will offer almost 400 lots from a collection that includes works by Hals, Van Dyck, Leyster, Snyders and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous