Sheet of a screen with so-called "arte povera" decoration from the 18th century. Venetian The paper was mounted on a canvas at the beginning of the 20th century. At the top of the panel, around the usual and very fashionable chinoiserie, we discover a very wide variety of vignettes representing with great precision multiple trades. It is a very lively representation that "reads" like a comic strip. On the lower part, there is an interesting collection of boats arranged around three lighthouses or fire towers. The arte povera technique consists in applying to a support (here a coated paper) engravings, taken from the popular repertoire, printed on paper and cut, then covering these papers with numerous layers of varnish intended to protect the surface and conceal the thickness of the engravings so as to give the illusion of painted figures. This very colorful production, imbued with fantasy, is available on ornamental panels, ceremonial furniture, and also on small flying furniture or toiletries. Cases, boxes and trays multiplied in the 18th century. The chalcography workshops in Venice and those of the Remondini Manufactory in Bassano distribute engravings specially designed for furniture ornaments throughout Europe, printed on extremely fine paper. The genre scenes are inspired by the works of Venetian painters. We find on these carvings to cut very varied patterns such as pastoral and rural scenes, characters from the commedia dell'arte, putti, chinoiseries or even architectural elements.
This screen originally comprises six sheets which are presented in independent panels with a simple frame consisting of a rod. This presentation makes it possible to highlight the richness of each element by treating it as a table in its own right.
Presented alone, in pairs or in series, they have a strong presence and are very decorative. These elements can easily be reassembled if needed.
L 59 cm