Modello for Neoclassical design, wax on wood panel, French/Italian, XVIIIc no painted number, frame loose

Modello for a neoclassical design for boiserie decoration, 18th century

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Francesco Bolgiè created delicate neoclassical reliefs that reference ancient Greek and Roman painting and sculpture. Wax models such as this one served as patterns for intricately carved designs destined to grace a wooden wall panel, picture frame, or piece of furniture. Bolgiè worked with the better-known designer Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo to decorate and furnish complete rooms for the royal palaces of the Savoy family, including the Palazzo Reale in Turin and the royal hunting lodge. The carved adornment on a secretary-bookcase from the hunting lodge closely resembles this modeled wax panel.

Details
Title
Modello for a neoclassical design for boiserie decoration
Artist Life
1752–1834
Role
Artist
Accession Number
70.48
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Modello for Neoclassical design, wax on wood panel, French/Italian, XVIIIc no painted number, frame loose