A set of six carved and lacquered wood chairs

A SET OF SIX CARVED AND LACQUERED WOOD CHAIRS DECORATED WITH VINEYARD MOTIFS COME FROM THE CORSINI’S PALACE IN FLORENCE

 

ITALY, FLORENCE


18th Century, circa 1780

 

Provenance : Corsini’s Palace

 

Measurements :

Height : 33 11/16 in.

Width : 18 7/8 in.

Depth : 15 15/16 in.

 

 

This set of six carved and lacquered wood chairs shows a naturalist openwork back that is carved and decorated with bunch of grapes and vine leaves wrapped around two fine branches in painted metal, shaped into two crossed ‘C’. The legs, belt and back mounts imitate the vine wood on which creepers hang on. These chairs are exceptional due to their original lacquers.

They are really unusual because they reflect the amazing and vivid imagination of the artist but more importantly the taste for nature at the time. Combining elegance and lightness, our chairs must be part of a cabinet of curiosities decorated with naturalist motifs. The provenance is the famous Corsini’s palace in Florence along the river, the Arno. Originally it was the residence of the Medicis before being the famous Corsini’s Palace. All the greatest artists of the time worked for the palace. Eccentricity and unusual was seen in the fabulous caves belonging to the summer apartements decorated by Carlo Marcellini.

Naturalist motifs, vine especially was a very typical ornament of the XVIIIth century in Italy and in France such the famous set of seats for the Queen Marie-Antoinette to the Château de Rambouillet.

The wine leaves are the symbols of Bacchus but also an allegorical figure of Autumn and Joy.