Gabriele Capello called il Moncalvo
Moncalvo 1806 - Turin 1877
Author or Workshop:Gabriele Capello called il Moncalvo
Characteristics:Turin, 1830-40 circa. Walnut inlaid with maple, rosewood, plane, walnut. Designed by Pelagio Palagi
Dimensions:Height 201 cm - Width 97 cm - Depth 68 cm
Provenance:Private collection, Italy
Bibliography:Roberto Antonetto, Gabriele Capello Moncalvo. Ebanista dei due Re, Turin 2004
The psyche is a very rare object as it was a piece of luxury furniture already in antiquity. This piece of furniture is a beautiful example of the design of the famous architect Pelagio Palagi, author of furniture and interiors for various palaces of the royal family (an example is the Etruscan Cabinet of the castle of Racconigi).
The design of the psyche in fact takes up very much the works of the Pelagi, with a decoration similar to the grotesques of the “Domus Aurea” interpreted in Charles X according to the taste of the architect. The woods used are very valuable and the inlay is clear and executed with precision.
The elegance of the furniture and the style of the execution is in line with the works performed by Gabriele Capello, known as Moncalvo, a cabinet maker of great importance in the real artistic field and who collaborated numerous times with Pelagio Pelagi. In fact, there are many examples of collaboration between the two; Pelagio Pelagi drew while the Moncalvo performed them and interpreted them. (An example of their collaboration is the Etruscan Cabinet in Racconigi).
The double-swan rose window is typical of Moncalvo’s works, often repeated on sofas, armchairs and chairs.