A suite of hand-carved, silver plated Grotto furniture. Compromising a settee with three seats in the form of open scallop shells interspersed with conch and clam shells. Armrests in the form of dolphins and supported by conch shell legs, accompanied with a similar pair of armchairs and a single side chair, including a very rare corresponding bench with scallop shell decor, The legs shaped in the form of dolphins. Wear consistent with age and use. The subject of The Grotto remained popular in the 18th and 19th Century In Europe. Starting, 1880 (onward), Pauly et Cie (Venice, Italy) was the leading manufacturer, which can be found in the Collection of The Brooklyn Museum located In New York. 1. B.M. Newman and A. Duncan, Fantasy Furniture, NY. Page 62.
Settee: 36" H x 56" W x 24.5" D
Armchairs: 35" H x 24" W x 22" D
Chair: 30" H x 17" W x 20" D
Corresponding Bench: 29.5" H x 49.5" W x 23" D
Seat Height 16.5"
Country of Origin: Italy