Side chair

Michelangelo Pergolesica. 1785

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Elaborately carved and painted side chair. The back is composed of crossed cornucopia, from which spring almost at right angles griffins and heads, holding between them an umbrella shaped canopy, with foliated stem of trumpet flowers, in false chinese taste; the surface is painted in buff, red, green, and blue. The rounded tapering legs curve inwards in the middle but splay out towards the feet; above the feet which are finely tapered, are carved acanthus leaves. At the top the legs have square capitols carved with acanthus leaves and berries.

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  • Title: Side chair
  • Creator: Michelangelo Pergolesi
  • Date Created: ca. 1785
  • Viewing Notes: 1924-6-1 Side ChairIn the style of Michelangelo PergolesiItaly, late 18th CenturyCarved, polychromed and gilded wood99.5 x 46 x 45 cm (39 3/16 x 18 1/8 x 17 11/16 in. )Gift of the Countess CostantiniPergolesi was an Italian designer who also worked in London in the 1780's.
  • Provenance: Given by Countess Costantini
  • Physical Dimensions: w460 x h995 x d450 cm
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY, Cooper Union Museum "The Logic and Magic of Color." 4/20/60-8/31/60, n. 325New York, NY, Cooper-Hewitt, "Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection," 2/15/08-8/24/08
  • Dimensions: H x W x D: 99.5 x 46 x 45 cm (39 3/16 x 18 1/8 x 17 11/16 in.)
  • Type: Side chair
  • Rights: Gift of the Countess Costantini
  • Medium: Carved, polychromed, and gilded wood