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I lampadari originali di Villa Belgiojoso nella Sala da Ballo

Furnishings 

 

Mainly shipped to France and replaced with furniture and sets from the Villa in Monza, Villa Belgiojoso’s furnishings dating to Austrian occupation are today almost entirely absent, except for a few consoles and the lavish chandeliers, which had been commissioned by Count Belgiojoso himself. Valuable Empire-style furniture and furnishings – including pendulum clocks, carpets, large mirrors, precious silverware and porcelain – were purchased by Viceroy Eugene de Beauharnais and his wife Amalia, with the idea of finishing off the Villa’s decorations. An early 19th-century travel log mentions the presence in the Villa of some great modern furniture like a secrétaire, ingenuously conceived to protect the precious objects they hold. Acquisitions continued even after the Unification of Italy with the House of Savoy, who became the new owners and purchased numerous period furnishings: around 200 Neo-classical pieces, in total respect of the rooms’ style. After World War I, when the Villa became State owned, the furnishings were in part intended for the Museum of Applied Arts in Milan while the remaining part was scattered among public institutions.   

 

 

Literature: 

E. Colle, Il mobile impero in Italia: arredi e decorazioni d'interni dal 1800 al 1843, Milan 1998. 

F. Mazzocca, A. Morandotti, E. Colle, Milano Neoclassica, Longanesi & C., Milano 2001