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- Author circle of Andrei Brustolona (1662—1732)
- Date of production ca. 1700
- Place of creation Venice, Italy
- Dimensions height: 124 cm, width: 92 cm, depth: 79 cm
- ID no. ZKWawel 920
- Availability Eagle Room
- Acquired date purchased in 1927
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums Plus project
An elegant piece of furniture made from boxwood with an upholstered seat and a high backrest, which is characterised by its richly carved ornamentation. The chair is associated with Andrea Brustolon of Venice, who was one of the most original sculptors and artists of the Venetian Baroque.more
An elegant piece of furniture made from boxwood with an upholstered seat and a high backrest, which is characterised by its richly carved ornamentation. The predominant features of the armchair are its armrests created like the twisted limbs of a tree, as well as its front legs, along with crosspieces joining them, mimicking branches covered with leaves. Plant elements harmonize with lion sculptures forming leg endings, and figures of putti playing with eagles are placed at the backrest. The ends of the armrests form fantastic animal muzzles.
The chair is associated with Andrea Brustolon of Venice, who was one of the most original sculptors and artists of the Venetian Baroque. The artist, called by Balzac Michelangelo del legno, made pieces of furniture that were more sculptures and pieces of art than pieces of useful furniture. His style was highly influenced by the works of Filippo Parodi of Genoa (1630–1702), and Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) whom he met during his visit to Rome. The armchairs, frames, bases of vases, and large candlesticks created by him are dominated by motifs of boughs and branches with leaves, lush acanthus, mascarons, animals, figures of putti, Africans, and personifications of seasons and elements. Most of his furniture was made on commission for Venetian families. He also worked for churches, e.g. in Venice, his native town Belluno, and other nearby towns. Brustolon's furniture can be seen in Venice, in the C`a Rezzonico palace, where one of the rooms is dedicated to works of the master, as well as in the Museo Correr.
The presented armchair, one of three in the Wawel collection, is not a confirmed work of Brustolon, but it shares so many features with other works of this artist that it can be confidently asserted that it was made by him or by those in his close circle.
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