Series of 15 leather panels mounted on a walnut frame and framed by gilt bronze frames; these are composed of a bundle held by a ribbon of rope and concluded in the corners by rosettes. The panels, worked by impression, are decorated with grotesque motifs which, in 9 examples, frame medallions within which allegorical female figures are depicted, while in the remainder there are two roundels with facing male and female profiles, in Renaissance clothing.
Dimensions: 91.5 x 61.5 x 4.5 cm
The series of 15 panels (belonging to a larger group) was created in the second half of the 19th century, taking up a typically Renaissance tradition. In ancient times, leather, processed and often painted hides or hides, were in fact juxtaposed together and used as panels to hang on the walls. In addition to their decorative function, these boiseries also had the purpose of insulating the rooms, retaining the heat in the colder seasons.
This practice continued in the following centuries and even in the nineteenth century.
Our series was created precisely in the period in which a neo-Renaissance taste was establishing itself in Italy, in the last quarter of the 19th century. The ornamental motifs recall a very widespread iconography in the fifteenth century, namely those of the grotesques, characterized by phytomorphic and vegetal elements inhabited by satyrs and fantastic animals, which contain medallions with allegorical figures and profiles.