Italian, Northern Italy - Set of Twelve Armchairs (Poltrone), mid 18th century

Italian, Northern Italy

Set of Twelve Armchairs (Poltrone), mid 18th century

Walnut with poplar and pine, 96 x 60 x 50 cm (37 13/16 x 23 5/8 x 19 11/16 in.) overall


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Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the antique dealer Gaetano Pepe, Naples on 26 October 1906 for 1816 lire (for set of twelve chairs and two benches, F19w33).


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 149. (early 19th century)
Fausto Calderai and Alan Chong. Furnishing a Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Collection of Italian Furniture (Boston, 2011), pp. 174-5, no. 64.
C.D. Dickerson. "The Art of Display" in Frederick Ilchman (ed.). Casanova: The Seduction of Europe. Exh. cat. (Fort Worth: Kimbell Art Museum; San Francisco: Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, Legion of Honor; Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2017), pp. 21-23, 301, fig. 6.

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