18th Century Settee, Venetian Workshop

by Agnes Felber April. 26, 2010 3915 views

During the weekend we visited the current exhibition in the Memphis Brooks Museum, which features Venice In the Time of Canaletto.
I managed to sneak a single picture of this ornately carved back of an upholstered bench without being thrown out of the exhibition…

Coming back to this post later, I am just now realizing the allure of this piece to me: the colors perfectly echo the colors I recently chose for my blog, and subconsciously I must have thought it would look good in here. But I was also taken by this strange mix of Oriental motives and early (like about 150-200 years' early) Jugendstil design elements. Oh, those decadent Venetians… could they have been the predecessors of Art Nouveau?

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Pandka 7 years, 5 months ago


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Ray King 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Very nice!

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Jeff Cornish 7 years, 5 months ago

So ornate! I am glad your risked jail time to snap it! :)

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Gonia 7 years, 5 months ago

yes, I'm very angry when someone forbid taking pictures or they ask to pay extra when you want to make pictures.terrible discrimination!

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Darlene Foster 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow, it's so beautiful! I hate it when they won't let you take pictures. What's the harm, especially if you aren't using a flash.

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Paolo Martini 7 years, 5 months ago

...un po' impegnativo per la credenza di casa
I like it!

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