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A suite of Italian polychrome-painted seat furniture attributed to Giovacchino Paoli or Carlo Toussaint
circa 1800, Florence
Estimate
50,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 289,000 USD
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A suite of Italian polychrome-painted seat furniture attributed to Giovacchino Paoli or Carlo Toussaint
circa 1800, Florence
Estimate
50,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 289,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A suite of Italian polychrome-painted seat furniture attributed to Giovacchino Paoli or Carlo Toussaint
circa 1800, Florence
comprising two settees and six armchairs.
height of settees 40 3/4 in.; width 73 in.; depth 24 1/4 in.; height of armchairs 40 in.; width 20 1/2 in.; depth 19 1/2 in.
103 cm; 185 cm; 61 cm; 101 cm; 52 cm; 49 cm
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Catalogue Note

The distinctive carvings and shield-shaped backrests of this suite bear great similarity to two sets of chairs made for the Palazzo Pitti in 1797.  A set of twelve was made by Giovacchino Paoli and described in his invoice dated Frebruary of that year as "al modello della lira con i dolfini e ghirlanda e con diverse suonate ai mezzo..." , illustrated in Enrico Colle, Il mobile di Palazzo Pitti: il primo periodo lorenese, Florence, 1992, p. 184, no. 125. Paoli's patrons included among others the Court of Hapsburg-Lorraine from 1791 to 1799.

The second set of eighteen chairs was made by Toussaint and delivered for the Granda Sala della Musica in the same year, Colle, op. cit., pp. 185-186, no. 127. Toussaint  who was almost certainly of Parisian origin, was one of Florence's most distinguished joiners of his time supplying both the Palazzo Pitti and the Villa Poggio Imperiale from 1787 to 1799.

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