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$ 95,000

A Polychromed and Gilded Poplar Wood Caminiera with Mirror Glass

Origin Italy
Period 18th Century
Materials Polychromed and gilded poplar wood caminiera with original glass
W. 74.38 in; H. 70.13 in;
W. 188.93 cm; H. 178.13 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date late 18th century
Description Palazzo Greppi was designed by Giuseppe Piermarini for Antonio Greppi in 1772, when Maria Teresa of Austria ruled the city. The distribution of the architectural elements follows a modular pattern, heightened in the central part in order to enhance the entrance with arched portal. Inside there is a rectangular courtyard with porticos, with a two-flight staircase leading to the first floor where the original decorations by Giocondo Albertolli and Neoclassical frescoes can still be seen.

This over-mantle mirror or caminiera is of exceptional quality. The profusion of details include sphinxes, birds, and musical instruments; all carved with great finesse. The central medallion has the initials AG in the new style of the neoclassic period with the noble’s initials, rather than their coat of arms (as had previously been displayed).
Neoclassic carved, polychrome and gilt large mirror with original mirror glass and flower basket finials. Of poplar wood and finished with stucco and gilding. Very finely carved representations of sphinx, birds, and urns above depictions of armor and musical instruments decorate the surface. Mostly original blue and white paint and mirror glass.
Styles / Movements Neoclassical
Book References Literature: Enrico Colle, Milano Neoclassico, Milano: Longanesi, 2001.
Dealer Reference Number MI 18-77
Incollect Reference Number 142302
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