Dimensions: 55 X 42
Period: mid-eighteenth century
Extraordinary lacquered Venetian glove with a rare red background. On it there are golden figures enclosed within flowering ramages. An opium smoker on the left to whom a tray with hot drinks is placed and in the background an oriental landscape with "Chinese" roofs. All enclosed by sinuous edges with the famous shapes of the Venetian rococo
The predilection for the exotic by the Venetians finds a striking confirmation in the representations of chinoiseries: scenes of daily life of the time with characters with oriental features.
The lacquer indelibly imprinted the artistic epic of the Venetian eighteenth century until it assumed a dazzling and almost unique symbol. Thanks to the surprising inventive fertility and extraordinary executive ability of the "depositors", it found happy application to an almost unlimited variety of objects, luxury, but also for daily use.
Reference bibliography: G. Lorenzetto, 18th century Venetian lacquers, Venice, 1938, tav. LVI, cool. 96-97; G. Morazzoni, Venetian lacquered furniture, II, Milan (1754) tavv. LXXXIII-LXXXIV
C. Santini, The Venetian lacquers
C. Santini, A thousand Venetian furniture
S. Levy, 18th century Venetian lacquers, II, Milan 1967, tav. 470
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