REVIEW

CREDENZA PARMA

EMILIAN WORKSHOPS

Parma, early seventeenth century

 

SIDEBOARD

Walnut wood

Size: 120 x 170 x 50 cm

 

This walnut wood sideboard is sleekly refined. At its front surface we can appreciate three organ pipe inlays – with a capital above each – alternating with two smooth doors. Each of their central parts is finely inlaid with a corolla looking item. A carved wood pommel gets out from the pistil, just like the drawer above each door.

Because of its austere design, this sideboard is a typical example of the furniture Parma wood carvers realized in the early seventeenth century. They were very skilled at carrying out such decorative items by using the gouge technique. However, they would succeed in that throughout the following century mostly.

Sideboards were so popular a lot of rich families had theirs to enhance their salons and to get their guests astonished.

Between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries only the most renowned wood carvers were able to realize such a furniture. They usually got inspired by the drawings some well known interior designers had previously realized. Then, because of their rarity, only the richest families could afford them to stand out from the others.

Realized by using the gouge technique, the frontal legs of the sideboard we’re analysing are finely carved with some geometrical floral items.

It can be compared to that Graziano Manni published on Mobili antichi in Emilia Romagna (Artioli edizioni, p. 49) as it’s very likely to be realized by the same artist.

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