Piccini - inv. 1158

Giovanni Giuseppe Piccini (1661-1725)

boxwood   walnut  
199 x 110 cm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 1158

Antique Murano Glass Room

Long attributed to the workshop of Andrea Fantoni, this prie-dieu or prayer desk is definitely the work of Piccini, who described it in detail in some notes on carved objects he had made. In particular, we know it was made for Dr. Ignazio Antonioli from Brescia. The rich decoration, besides figures of angels and saints, includes an Old Testament scene (Daniel in the lions’ den), a Deposition with Mary, the pious women, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, St. John, and a scene of Purgatory.