This Sicilian neoclassical sofa is an interesting mélange of the late 18th century French transitional style with its tapering square legs yet still retaining rococo cabriole legs terminating in typical Italian hoof feet. The typically Sicilian cross-hatched ground imitating strawwork can also be seen on a pair of mid 18th century Sicilian giltwood armchairs from the Collection Giuseppe Rossi, Volume I, sold, Sotheby's, London, 10th March 1999, lot 221. Furthermore, it is also not too fanciful to see reflected in the open diaper motifs of the back the architectural influences of the Moors.
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