An important set of two Italian Baroque painted chinoiserie panels
Lot 437W
Two important Italian Baroque painted canvas chinoiserie panels
Sold for US$ 51,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
Two important Italian Baroque painted canvas chinoiserie panels
school of Pietro Massa
circa 1735

The first depicting a hawking party with an empress seated on caparisoned deer and accompanied by attendants, the second depicting two warriors mounted on fabulous beasts sparring, each within landscape along the banks of the Yellow River with pierced rockwork, twisted trees and various pavilions, including one pavilion decorated to resemble blue and white porcelain, now within giltwood frame.
height 8ft 11in (2.72m); width 6ft 1 1/2in (1.87m)


  • Pietro Massa was the leading practitioner of the chinoiserie decorated interiors working in Turin during the second quarter of the 18th century. The treatment of the figures and landscape details, such as the ermine trimmed cloak worn by the empress, in the offered lot are comparable to five panels sold at Sotheby's London: Italian Furniture from the Estate of the late Giuseppe Rossi, Wednesday March 10th, 1999, lot 37.

    Massa's most famous surviving works include the painted decoration of the Villa Regina in Turin, (1732 -1735); the doors and dado panels of the Galleria delle Battaglie in the Palazzo Reale, Turin (1744), and the paneling of the Gabinetto Cinese in the Palazzo Graneri, Turin, (c.1740-1750).