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Four-poster bed


Piedmontese manufacture (?)
Four-poster bed
carved and gilded wood, lampas upholstery,second half of the 18th century
The Bed Chamber of The Duke of Genoa

The bed presents forms and decorations related to the closing decades of the 18th century. While the doves visible also in the canopy, together with the crossed quivers and roses, would suggest a piece of nuptial furniture, the bed is single and probably designed exclusively for a female occupant. The presence of the tall canopy with white curtains and silk lampas makes it particularly sumptuous. It seems reasonable to suggest that it was originally from a Piedmontese residence and placed in its present location in May 1859 when Napoleon III visited Genoa. It was indeed in the palace on Via Balbi that the French emperor was accommodated on his arrival from France and that some of his negotiations took place with Victor Emmanuel II on the strategy to be adopted over the coming weeks in what has gone down in history as the Second War of Italian Independence.

  • Ambito piemontese?
  • seconda metà del XVIII secolo
  • legno intagliato e dorato, rivestimento in lampasso
  • Camera da Letto del Duca di Genova