This one-of-a-kind antique Italian Empire Period (early 19th Century) folding screen features museum quality hand painted and lacquer rectangular solid wood panels with a nice trompe l’oeil effect framed by a wonderful chiseled giltbronze band throughout.
Architectural motifs, vases, music and art allegories, flowers, putti, grotesque and symbolic animals inspired by the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman Gods are the main patterns that decorate this wonderful art object, a paravan that can be a high end room divider.
The warm white background with a gorgeous craquelè is masterfully hand painted with exceptional polychromed decorations most of them inspired by Renaissance period.
Porphyry red, petrol blue, different shades of pink, brown, green and gold alternate in the lacquered paints on the wood .
Each of the four central panels depict an allegory of a Roman or ancient Greece mythological God: The Swan, because of its beauty, symbolizes Venus; the Peacock, considered a sacred bird to Juno the Queen of all Gods symbolizes the immortality; the Eagle, symbol of power and victory, is the attribute and messenger of Jupiter or Zeus. Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, Learning, Arts, Sciences, Medicine, Trade, and of War, is represented by the Owl that symbolizes the night.
Each panel is flanked by a finely hand chiseled gilt bronze frame with acanthus leaves motifs. The ormolu frame is a masterpiece itself.
The back is entirely covered with the original antique light green silk fabric featuring neoclassical scenes patterns. The silk is in very good condition back the central four panels, frayed fabric in the two external panels.
This elegant and precious screen was probably part of a magnificent paneled room with boiserie, than framed and turned into a folding paravan. It has an important provenance,
it was part of the furnishings of a neoclassical villa in Lucca, Tuscany, whose ceilings were painted with frescoes featuring the same decorative motifs as the screen.
This rare piece of furniture is ready to embellish your home, a conversation antique item rich in history and craftsmanship.
It can be placed on the floor as a room divider, near a sofa or to fill a space between two doors. Great statement piece of art totally unfold and hung on the wall.
This important and completely intact folding screen dates back to 1801-1805 is a rare example of Tuscan Empire and Lucchese neoclassical furniture, made during the Republic of Lucca, a renowned city near Florence, established by Napoleon Bonaparte on Dec. 27, 1801, after his second successful conquest of Italy, driving out the Austrians. The Republic lasted less than four years; in June 1805 Napoleon granted Lucca to his sister Élisa Bonaparte as a principality, part of the new French Empire.
Measures: height 150 cm (59.1 in), Width 102 cm (40.2 in)