Exhibition at the Galerie Marc Maison : an exceptional furniture set created by Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim for the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice between 1874 and 1881

A major rediscovery for the History of 19th century Italian furniture, the Galerie Marc Maison presents as world exclusive this complete furniture set counting fourteen pieces, including this sublime sculpted walnut Credenza, on the occasion of a unique exhibition in its new gallery at the Flea Market of Paris Saint-Ouen.
Under the direction of the designer and antiquarian Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim, the Palazzo Papadopoli of Venice, owned by the Aldobrandini-Papadopoli brothers, was entirely refurnished between 1874 and 1881. For this sumptuous place, Guggenheim will use decorative languages from several different periods, from Italian Renaissance to Louis XIV and Louis XVI’s reigns, furnishing every room in a precisely determined style. Thus, the Salone Delle Quattro Porte, a grand reception room of the Palazzo, was given an exceptional design inspired by Venetian 16th century, in particular through this furniture set, which was sculpted by the Stabilimento d’Arti Decorative e Industriali Guggenheim directed.

Of outstanding quality, these furniture pieces finely sculpted in walnut enable the great rediscovery of a unique artist who made the worldwide pride of Venice. A true masterpiece, this hardly equaled work, reaching the 19th century decorative arts top-level, owed Guggenheim a Gold Medal for Merit in Sciences and Arts handed by Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Period photograph of the Salone Delle Quattro Porte in Palazzo Papadopoli showing part of the furniture by Guggenheim.

The impressive style of Michelangelo Guggenheim is based on the reappropriation of antique styles, remodeled according to his taste imbued with an extraordinary historical culture. He is thus able to draw his clients into the aristocratic atmosphere of glorious ages, which seduces volunteers all across Europe to design full interiors. Such is the case of the Palazzo Papadopoli, entirely re-decorated by this amazing artist.

The monumental display cabinet from the Salone Delle Quattro Porte, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice.

Guggenheim had to be inspired by this highly historical place built in 1560 for the powerful Coccina Family, immortalized by Veronese, a family that owned it over two centuries. In 1748, the palazzo passes in the hands of the Tiepolo, from which are the illustrious painter Giambattista Tiepolo, and his son Giandomenico, a painter as well, who made part of the decoration.
In 1864, the brothers Nicolo and Angelo Aldobrandini-Papadopoli become owners of the sublime palace. Bankers, industrialists and parliamentarians at the same time, they launched a massive work of reorganization about 1874-1875, to such extent that one could say : “the 16th century Tiepolo Palace has given birth to the 19th century Papadopoli Palace.”

This undertaking was lead by the architect Girolamo Levi and by the designer and antiquarian Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim. The first was in charge of the work of expansion and modernization of the palace, the second of interior decoration. Guggenheim created a journey through the ages inside the Palazzo Papadopoli, conceived to amaze the guests. He leaned on the rich history of the place to bring it back to life: he gives every room the luxury of a different period, from Quattrocento to 18th century, in a yet achieved harmony. Hence, the “Salone delle Quattro Porte” takes us to the scholarly atmosphere of Venetian 16th century Humanism.

The exhibition of the furniture set originating from the Salone delle Quattro Porte of the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice, Italy, will take place from march 17th to may 15th 2017 at the Galerie Marc Maison, Marché Cambo, 75 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen (Paris Flea Market).
All the information are on our website :  www.marcmaison.com/expo
Telephone : + 33 (0)6 60 62 61 90

The Palazzo Papadopoli on the Grand Canal of Venice.

The exhibition catalog


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