Renaissance style; elaborately carved; pediment has shells, fleur-de-lis, floral and scroll decorations; fall board carved with grotesque mask; large paw feet

Folio stand, c. 1870s

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Gift of funds from Mrs. Eunice Dwanexpand_more  2005.21

The Florentine woodcarver and furniture maker Luigi Frullini achieved international renown for his Renaissance Revival designs through highly visible displays at World's Fairs, most notably in London (1862), Venice (1873), and Paris (1867 and 1878). This exposure led in 1875 to a commission to design and execute the dining room and furnishings for Château-sur-Mer, the family cottage of George Peabody Wetmore in Newport, Rhode Island.

The carved decorations of this stand, including the grotesque masque in the center, stippled ground, ball and reel design, and surrounding guilloche border of interlacing curves, are very characteristic of Frullini's work. Additional examples by Frullini can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna.

Details
Title
Folio stand
Artist Life
1839-1897
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2005.21
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Renaissance style; elaborately carved; pediment has shells, fleur-de-lis, floral and scroll decorations; fall board carved with grotesque mask; large paw feet