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A pair of neoclassical polychrome and parcel-gilt commodes, Rome, circa 1780
Estimate
50,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
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A pair of neoclassical polychrome and parcel-gilt commodes, Rome, circa 1780
Estimate
50,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A pair of neoclassical polychrome and parcel-gilt commodes, Rome, circa 1780
the marble-veneered top above two drawers
Quantity: 2
Haut. 83 cm, larg. 57 cm, prof. 34 cm ; Height 32 2/3  in; width 22 1/2  in; depth 13 1/3  in
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Provenance

W. Apolloni Gallery, Rome

Literature

Related literature:

A. González-Palacios, Arredi e ornamenti alla corte di Roma, Milan, 2004;
E. Colle, Il mobile Neoclassico in Italia, Milan, 2005;
G. Lizzani, Il mobile romano, Milan, 1970.

Catalogue Note

The present pair of highly sophisticated small commodes, or comodini, relates to designs by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), whose influential Diverse maniere d'adornare i camini (Rome, 1769) had an extraordinary resonance in the Roman decorative repertoire throughout the latter half of the 18th century. 

One relatable console table with similar carved rams' heads holding laurel swags on cabriole legs ending in hoof feet is illustrated by Palacios, op. cit., p. 216. Painted decoration in Rome is rare, although it achieved a certain popularity in the transition between the late Rococo and the early Neoclassical periods. Examples with painted floral decoration are found in prestigious princely collections, see for instance a console table of slightly later date in the Villa Borghese (Colle, op. cit., pp. 146-47) and a suite of painted furniture at Palazzo Pallavicini Rospigliosi (Lizzani, op. cit., p. 118, fig. 200). Our pair of commodes is also rare because few examples are documented : it is more common to see prie-Dieu with the same form and a shelf on the lower part.

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