Bartolomeo Manghetti, Turin, Italy, 1780s.

Carved wood.

100 cm x 65 cm x 54 cm.

This pair of chairs in the collection once belonged to the Viceroy of Savoy, Count Carlo Francesco II Valperga di Masino. He had commissioned them as part of a larger suite of furniture for Palazzo Masino, his city dwelling in Turin.

The chairs were made by master carpenter Bartolomeo Manghetti in the Parisian Louis XVI style. The wooden parts of the oval-backed chairs are carved and lathed, and still have their original, pale-coloured paint and gilding, painted over a chalk primer. The tapestry upholstery is original and was woven in Turin.