Antique Furniture

Antique furniture


This splendid pair of armchairs from the Roman area corresponds to the 1750s / 1760s. The curved legs and volute-shaped armrests of these pieces arise from uncommon workmanship: to start with, because of their frame made entirely of walnut, a hardwood that was reserved for the most important furnishings due to its "hardness", which allowed carvers to produce more refinements than with other woods. Furthermore, the structure is entirely gilded with shiny and veiled fine gold, a technique that conveyed a special effect of brightness and opacity on antique golden furnishings. The gilding is in excellent condition, with slight wear on the most exposed parts such as the armrests. Finally, the back of the armchairs features an ochre-coloured lacquer, a typical finish in 18th century furnishings. The upholstery of the seats and the back is a noble damask with red background. This pair of armchairs is particularly prestigious, as evidenced by similar pieces found in numerous palaces and antique furniture collections.


The console is carved and gilded in fine gold, mid-18th century. Place of origin – Central Italy ( Rome). Both in regards to the legs and the part beneath the table top the console is finely carved with ornamental floral and plant motifs. The piece is in perfect condition both structurally and in what concerns the gilding, being perfectly coeval and well conserved, hereby inducing one to suppose that it has spent many years in an aristocratic home. The console top, itself antique and coeval, is constructed, according to the tradition of the period, on a base of plain stone subsequently plated with “ Sienna Brocatello”. ( the most marked and highly valued veining to be found in yellow Sienna marble ) . The Brocatello, once extracted, was “sliced”, positioned on the plain stone base and then plated to it. This type of workmanship, being extremely expensive and laborious , both on account of the costly materials and time required for realization, was used exclusively for the most beautiful and precious furniture tops.

Venetian mirror

Venetian mirror in carved and gilded wood, Louis XV period The pine mirror is in an excellent state of preservation, with an overhanging cornice of exquisite workmanship, carved with the typical Venetian 'pagoda' with two stylized female figures. The mirror frame displays the characteristic Venetian motif, with floral carvings in the corners and in the centres, smooth, moulded fretwork, and a dot peen engraved background. The mirror glass is of the same period.

Table from the mid-Louis XVI period

Exquisite workmanship, probably manufactured in the Lombardy/Emilia area, finely veneered in walnut, with marquetry/stringing inlays; rosettes and plant motifs in the corners and the centres of the side panels. The rosettes and decorations are inlaid in maple, while the stringing that frames the top, sides and cassette is inlaid in pink ebony, enclosed by boxwood stringing. The table, which is in a good state of preservation, is supported by four beautiful walnut legs, finely fluted, typical of the Louis XVI period. The wood is finished in a typical shellac-based 'spirit' varnish.