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Luca Giordano - Venus, Cupid and a satyr
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Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
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Anton Raphael Mengs - Electress of Saxony
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Giuseppe Bonito - The Turkish Embassy of Haji Hussein Effendi
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Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescoes with Stories of the Great Captain Consalvo de Cordoba
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Still life with cake stand
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Domenico Morelli - The Assumption
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Coffee table in Herculaneum style
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Centerpiece in gilded bronze and mirrors
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Rotating lectern
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Globe clock held by Atlas
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Passetto della Regina
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High altar
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Neapolitan nativity scene
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Antonio Niccolini - Model of the New and Old Royal Palace and the San Carlo Theater
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Francesco De Mura - Allegory of the Virtues by Charles Bourbon
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Tapestry with Allegory of Fire
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Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Duchess of Berry
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The abduction of Proserpina
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Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele, prince of Naples as a child
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Marinus van Reymerswaele - Tax Collectors
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Clay watch
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Paolo Albertis - Entry into Naples by Ferdinando I
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Luca Giordano - Venus, Cupid and a satyr
Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
Anton Raphael Mengs - Electress of Saxony
Giuseppe Bonito - The Turkish Embassy of Haji Hussein Effendi
Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescoes with Stories of the Great Captain Consalvo de Cordoba
Still life with cake stand
Domenico Morelli - The Assumption
Coffee table in Herculaneum style
Centerpiece in gilded bronze and mirrors
Rotating lectern
Globe clock held by Atlas
Passetto della Regina
High altar
Neapolitan nativity scene
Antonio Niccolini - Model of the New and Old Royal Palace and the San Carlo Theater
Francesco De Mura - Allegory of the Virtues by Charles Bourbon
Tapestry with Allegory of Fire
Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Duchess of Berry
The abduction of Proserpina
Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele, prince of Naples as a child
Marinus van Reymerswaele - Tax Collectors
Clay watch
Paolo Albertis - Entry into Naples by Ferdinando I
Road

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Description

The work, in addition to being a piece of furniture of precious artistic value, can be considered a remarkable technological work of the eighteenth century; it is a writing desk with an extendable top, equipped with a lectern with a rotating system of bookshelves.

The rotating lectern, which typologically refers to the Nordic medieval tradition, belonged to the Library of Queen Maria Carolina of Austria, and documents the presence in Naples of foreign artists and artisans who gravitated around the Court, importing and disseminating craft techniques and a variety of models. The signature 'Giovanni / Uldrich - Year 1792', shown on the gilt bronze plaques of the support surface, points towards an Austrian or German origin of the craftsman, who is also active as a piano maker.

The work is influenced by the neoclassical taste that gives the structural elements the shape of the architectural orders: the supporting columns of the large central wheel assume Doric shapes and the capitals rigorous classical lines. On one side of the table top, also of classic shapes, a metal crank allows the movement of a sort of 'mill' with two wheels, to which eight shelves-lecterns are fixed with adjustable brass hinges. , which allow the simultaneous reading of multiple texts.


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