A pair of neo-classical carved giltwood marquises, in the manner of Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo, the top rails intricately carved with foliate ornament, finished at each end with classical herms, the low swept arms decorated with carved feathers tied with wreaths and acanthus also terminating in herms, the apron and side rails decorated with ribbon-tied laurel festoons punctuated with rosettes and bunches of flowers, , the front legs fashioned with reeded columnar supports tied with ribbon on circular tapering acanthus-carved legs, resting on toupie feet with foliate detail, the backs with a Vitruvian scroll rail and side supports with shallow carved ornament, ending in flared square section and reeded back legs.
The finely detailed carving of these elegant marquises with their architectural form and foliate decoration is characteristic of the circle of carvers and cabinet makers in Turin, patronized by the Royal House of Savoy. The most celebrated of these Turinese cabinet makers was Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo (1745-1820), who worked for the court from 1773. Other skilled craftsmen formed an atelier centred around him, including carvers such as Francesco Tanadei, Giuseppe Marchino, Francesco Bolgie and Bartolomeo Manghetti. Working alongside Bonzanigo, they were commissioned to provide furniture for the Royal hunting lodge at Stupinigi, for the palaces at Moncalieri, Venaria, Rivoli and most importantly for the Palazzo Reale in the centre of Turin, where over a period of twenty years they supplied an array of objects including chairs, stools, sofas, mirrors, screens, beds and panels.
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