Lot 6
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An important and very fine North Italian Neoclassical two-tone gilded firescreen, attributed to Giuseppe Bonzanigo Piedmontese, circa 1780

50,000 - 80,000 USD
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  • oak, pleaxiglass, silk, coral
  • height 65 1/4 in.; width 36 1/4 in.
  • 166 cm; 92.5 cm
upholstered with embroidered silk with the ground worked in polychrome silk and metal thread within metal galloon trim, probably French or Italian and possibly from a chasuble, circa 1700.


Bernard Steinitz, Paris

Catalogue Note

The firescreen can be attributed to Bonzanigo based upon the sculpture of the garlands of flowers and leaves, and in particular, the use of the double gilding (in this case refreshed) and including elements such as the quiver and the torch (symbols of love) that are found also on the celebrated firescreen in the Palazzo Reale in Turin, traditionally attributed to Bonzanigo (see R. Antonetto, op. cit., p. 358, pl. 532).

Compare as well the scroll of leaves found on the famous armchair by Bonzanigo carved for the Principessa di Piedmonte in the Royal Palace, Turin (ill. G. Ferraris, op. cit., Tav. 13, pl. XIII).

The work of Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo is regarded as among the best neoclassical furniture ever sculpted. Of Piedmontese origin, he settled in Turin in 1773, where he worked as a sculptor, wood carver and cabinet-maker and where he was granted the patronage of the royal family. The following year he was elected to the Compagnia of San Luca. He worked for the next twenty years until the French invasion of 1796, and was re-appointed to the post on the fall of Napoleon in 1815.