18th Century Italian Funerary board from a Gondola


18th Century & Earlier

United Kingdom

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18th Century Italian Funerary board from a Gondola

This is a truly special piece that came from my last buying trip to the South of France. Bought on the Italian/French border this Venetian Funerary Gondola board was my best find. It was made to go onto the side of a gondola when in use for a funeral procession down the canals. The entire piece is hand painted with a large central skull and cross bones giving it a really powerful presence. The ribbons down the sides leading to the acanthus leaf details are beautifully done and keep the detail minimal but attractive. The colour is a pale green that I found very interesting and drew me in as it gives it the ability to fit into a modern interior. The back of the boards have two large metal brackets that would have been used to attach it to the side of the gondola. There are no alterations to the painted front just general wear and mark consistent with age and use. The only fault it has is at some point it has been split in two. This has been done very neatly so to fix the two halves back together wouldn't be a problem. It does not take away anything from this truly amazing piece and I absolutely love the history of it and the scale of the piece makes it a real statement.

Measurements- Height-47cm Length of half one-157cm (5ft2) Length of half two-201cm (6ft7)

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  • H: 47cm (18.50in)
  • W: 358cm (140.94in)
  • D: 20cm (7.87in)


18th Century & Earlier

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My name is Matt Dixon and for as long as I can remember I have had a love for history and design which I find relate very closely.

Since starting up TallBoy Interiors 3 years ago, I have learnt so much about what works together and I find that you can mix modern and classic pieces to create a truly unique design.

I am not afraid to express myself through the items I buy as I believe your home should represent as much about you as the way you dress.  Everyone has their own style and that is what makes this business so interesting.

As trends change, the pieces that appear on the open market change, and that keeps me thinking of how it can work in a design.

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