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Italian Green-Painted & Parcel-Gilt Settee

Mid 18th century. 67″ wide, 35″ high, 24″ deep.

A mid-18th century Italian settee, painted and parcel gilt, is a type of furniture that was popular in Italy during the 1700s. It typically refers to a long bench with a backrest and arms, designed for two or more people to sit on.  The parcel gilding refers to the application of gold leaf to specific areas of the piece, rather than the entire surface. This type of settee was typically used in formal spaces, such as palaces or grand homes, and was a symbol of wealth and luxury. Mid-18th century Italian painted and parcel gilt settees are now highly sought after by antique collectors and are considered valuable pieces of furniture.