A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
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A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD
Lot sold:15,120USD
(3 bids, reserve met)

Description

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY


upholstered à chassis, the black painted backgrounds to the rosettes possibly later added, en suite with lots 116 and 117

height 41 ½ in.; width 25 in.; depth 21 in.

105.5 cm; 64 cm; 53.5 cm

Condition Report

Scattered flaking, rubbing and losses to gilding, particularly to proper right front hoof of one; refreshment to black painted background of guilloche moulding along rails, with variations to carving of rosettes, some possibly replaced; later corner brackets to inside of rails with holes and traces of previous metal bracket at front corners; one chair with a rosette return replaced and the other with replaced back seat rail; scattered old inactive worm holes; variations to gilding; a few small water stains to fabric; chassis frames not examined under upholstery; sturdy construction.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Provenance

G. Sarti Gallery, London

Literature

E. Colle, Il Mobile Neoclassico in Italia, Milan 2005

Il tempio del gusto. Le arti decorative in Italia fra classicismi e barocco. Roma e il regno delle due Sicilie, Milan 1984

Alvar González-Palacios, Arredi e ornamenti alla corte di Roma 1560-1795, Milan 2004


Catalogue Note

These elegant chairs form part of a larger suite, one of which is illustrated in Colle, p.145. They exemplify the Roman interpretation of the neoclassical idiom, heavily influenced by the designs of the architect and draughtsman Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1788). Ram's headed legs and a frieze with a central circular portrait medallion appear in a design for a console table by Piranesi now in the Kunstbibliothek, Berlin (ill. González-Palacios 1984, Vol.II p.81 n.153). Comparable legs with ram's heads and hoof feet are also found on several surviving Roman tables including a pair of console tables and a gueridon now in the Lazienki Palace, Warsaw (ill. González-Palacios 2004, p.216-18), and on a single console with mosaic top sold Sotheby's New York, Inspired by Chatsworth, 28 June - 18 September 2019, n.54.


Stylistically this group is related to another set of important Roman neoclassical armchairs constructed equally à chassis and with comparable portrait medallions centering the crest and seat rails and very similar scrolled armrests with acanthus-carved supports. One armchair was in the Alberto Bruni-Tedeschi Collection, sold Sotheby's London, 21 March 2007, lot 131; another sold Sotheby's London 11 June 2003, lot 77 and a further pair was exhibited by Christophe de Quénetain at the Paris Biennale des Antiquiares in September 2010. Their design has been attributed to the architect Antonio Asprucci and their execution to Antonio Landucci, who supplied a pair of console tables with medallion-centered friezes to Prince Marcantonio Borghese at the Palazzo Borghese in 1773 (now in the Quirinale Palace).

A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS, ROME, LATE 18TH CENTURY
Lot Closed