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Miscellaneous Furniture Including a Sedan Chair and a Commode

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Miscellaneous Furniture Including a Sedan Chair and a Commode

18th century
18th century
390 x 255 mm (15.4 x 10 in.)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, (1720–1778)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Etching
Series: from Diverse Maniere d’Adornare i Cammini ed ogni Altra Parte Degli Edifizi Desunte Dall’Architettura Egizia, Etrusca, Greca (Cammino che si vede nel Palazzo di Sua Ecc’za Milord Conte D’Exeter a Burghley in Inghilterra.)
Marks: Signed in plate, lower left
Bibliography: Focillon 917; Petrucci (1953) 906b; Wilton-Ely 878.
Credit Line: Gift of George W. Davison (BA Wesleyan 1892)
Accession Number: Retrospective TBD

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  • architecture - Art or science of designing and building structures, especially habitable structures, in accordance with principles determined by aesthetic and practical or material considerations. Refers also to the structures created. [November 1994 related term added. October 1990 alternate term added.]
  • ornament - Decorative forms that are an integral part of a building or object but are not essential to its structure. Regarding techniques of embellishment in general, use "decoration (process)." [November 1990 descriptor moved.]
  • sedan chairs - Portable chairs borne on two long poles; generally with elaborate upholstery and decoration. For conveyances for one person consisting generally of canvas or similar material stretched or laid across a frame for transporting the sick, wounded, or dead use "stretchers (conveyances)." For more elaborate conveyances boxlike in form and often enclosed by curtains and carried on poles by people or animals use "litters." [May 1994 scope note changed; lead-in term deleted, was "chaises ‡ porteur". February 1993 related term added. January 1993 descriptor moved.]

  • plate Dimensions: 390 x 255 mm (15.4 x 10 in.)

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