Description: the shaped back decorated with architectural rococo motifs, the seat also painted and opening as a chest
Dimensions: 167cm. high., 300cm. wide, 42cm. deep; 5ft. 5½in., 9ft. 10in., 1ft. 4½in.
Condition Report: These very decorative painted benches display overall marks and scratches consistent with age and use, and traces of old woodworm which appears to be no longer active. One bench with reinforcement brackets to its rear back, which is also marked '1 / G P'. The painted decoration on the backrest with areas of flaking and marks, including but not limited to a central scratch that will require some attention. The seat - with flaking and fading to the decoration - has been secured to the base. Both lower scrolls on the back have been broken and re-attached, although this is hardly noticeable as per catalogue photograph. A very small area of the moulding behind the lifting seat on both sides is in need of some attention, as is the lower-left moulding on the right side of the base, which is nearly detached. The other bench with upper decoration refreshed, with marks and scratches visible from the catalogue photograph. The seat and base with fading and losses to the painted surface. The lower-right scroll on the base has been broken and re-attached. Both bases with later reinforcements. Both pieces would benefit from some light cleaning.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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E. Colle, Il mobile barocco in Italia, Milan, 2000, p.261
G. Manni, Mobili antichi in Emilia Romagna, Modena, 1993, p. 34, pl. 63