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Italian Renaissance Revival Wardrobe by Angiolo Barbetti

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Italian Renaissance Revival Wardrobe by Angiolo Barbetti

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Angiolo Barbetti was the leading figure in 19th-century Italian cabinetmaking

Key Features

  • This astonishing Renaissance Revival wardrobe is attributed to Italian cabinetmaker Angiolo Barbetti
  • Rich carving, grand size, and lavish form distinguish this Indian walnut masterpiece
  • Barbetti created a similar cabinet for the 1851 London Exhibition, which is housed at the V&A museum
  • Barbetti frequently showcased at the Great Exhibitions, earning him the patronage of nobility
  • Circa 1840
  • 65 1/2 wide x 34 1/4 deep x 103 1/2 high

Item Details

  • Width:
    65 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    103 1/2 Inches
  • Depth:
    34 1/4 Inches
  • Period:
    European 19th Century
  • Origin:
    Italy
Distinguished by majestic carving and monumental size, this Italian cabinet is attributed to Angiolo Barbetti of Florence. Crafted of fine Indian walnut and standing at nearly nine-feet high, its grand proportions, rectiliniear form, lavish carving and veneers are classic elements associated only with the most exceptional Renaissance Revival creations. The folding double doors open to reveal a well-appointed interior boasting a mirrored back mounted by graduated shelves and a cartel clock. The lower portion of the cabinet is mounted with a fine marble dressing surface, with the interior housing three slide-out shelves for storing ones favorite garments and accessories. A leading figure in Italian woodworking during the 19th century, furnishings by Barbetti are truly precious finds. A similar cabinet created by Barbetti that was exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London is housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

The son of a renowned woodcarver, Angiolo Barbetti was born in Siena in 1805, and was trained as a sculptor and inlayer. In 1842, the artisan settled in Florence where he opened his own workshop, garnering great attention and demand for his masterpieces through venues such as London's Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862, the Paris Exhibition of 1861 and the Vienna Exhibition of 1873. His showings earned him the patronage of Russia's Prince Demidoff, who commissioned Barbetti to custom-craft many furnishings for his Villa San Donato in Florence.

Circa 1840

65 1/2" wide x 34 1/4" deep x 103 1/2" high

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