Hidden treasures

Giuseppe Jappelli's Living Room Furniture in the Querini Stamapalia Museum

Unknown places & works
salotto-jappelli-querini

Giuseppe Jappelli's Living Room Furniture in the Querini Stamapalia Museum

One of the rooms of the museum of the Querini Stamapalia Foundation in Venice has some striking pieces of furniture on display: the Pompeian-style living room furniture, built in 1830 by the neoclassical architect Giuseppe Jappelli for Caterina Querini Stampalia Polcastro’s countryside home.

Caterina Querini was Giovanni's sister – the last descendant of the family and the Foundation’s founder. In the nineteenth century, she was the main leader of one of the most vibrant and modern cultural circles in Venice, which was regularly visited by writers and artists of international fame such as Stendhal and Antonio Canova.

After her death in 1870, the living room furniture was moved to the family palace in Santa Maria Formosa where it remains today.

The furniture is built in black lacquered wood with walnut-colored figures, blue fabric padding and depictions of dancing cupids and painted musicians. It consists of a gondola-shaped sofa that rests on four feet with carved snakes, a table with a briar top and mother-of-pearl joints, ten chairs, a fireplace mantle and two small glass cabinets which, in the lower part, follow the curved line of the sofa, while in the upper one there are metal decorations reproducing Corinthian capitals.

Buy your ticket for the Querini Stampalia Museum online and enjoy a uniquely charming visit! This original and still little-known institution in Venice boasts a harmonious blend of ancient and modern, where the splendors from Venice’s former Republic are exhibited next to great names from contemporary art and architecture.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The Royal Gardens of Venice are returning to life

giardini-reali
Unknown places & works

Venice never fails to amaze. After the disastrous high tide last November, the city shows its strong pride with the reopening, after ex...

View

Treviso: The curious legends about the origin of Treviso Red Chicory

radicchio_CC.Mon CEil
Did you know that...

Did you know that, according to an ancient popular saying, red chicory (radicchio as it is known in Italy) seems to have been born as a...

View

Venice: Acqua Alta: when a normal phenomenon becomes tragic

Acqua-alta-a-Venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that ‘Acqua Alta’ is an expression of Venetian dialect used by its inhabitants to describe the high tides that occur p...

View

Venice: Mars, Adam and Eve: the Doge's Palace celebrates their return

restauro-adamo-eva-ducale
Unknown places & works

After four years of delicate restoration work, the three fifteenth-century statues by the great artist Antonio Rizzo will be exceptiona...

View

Top posts

Chioggia: The Valley of the Seven Dead Men

casone-millecampi-detto-casone-dei-sette-morti
Mysteries & Legends

Halloween is just around the corner: have you already got into the fascinating terrifying aura of the scariest party of the year? No ye...

View

Venice: The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

cuore-erizzo
Unknown places & works

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a f...

View

Venice: Map of Venice, what to know before you leave

mappa-venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that Venice is not a single large island but rather a collection of 117 small islands linked together by over 400 bridges?...

View

Verona: The roman walls of Verona

porta-borsari
Historical Curiosities

Verona has always been considered a city of considerable importance from a military point of view: being at the mouth of the Adige Vall...

View