Bedroom from the Sagredo Palace

Artist: Stuccowork probably by Abbondio Stazio (Swiss (active Italy), Mossagno, near Lugano 1663–1745 Venice)

Maker: and Carpoforo Mazzetti Tencalla (Swiss (active Italy), Bissone 1685–1743 Venice)

Date: ca. 1720 or later

Culture: Italian, Venice

Medium: Wood, stucco, marble, glass

Dimensions: H. 25 ft. 2 in. (767.1 cm), W. 18 ft. 2 in. (553.7 cm), D. 13 ft. 2 in. (401.3 cm)

Classification: Woodwork

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.1335.1a–d


In design and workmanship, this bedroom, consisting of an antechamber with a bed alcove, is one of the finest of its period. The decoration is in stucco and carved wood. In the antechamber, fluted Corinthian pilasters support an entablature out of which fly amorini bearing garlands of flowers. Other amorini bear the gilded frame of a painting by Gasparo Diziani, depicting dawn triumphant over night. Above the entry to the alcove seven amorini frolic, holding a shield with the monogram of Zaccaria Sagredo. A paneled wood dado with a red-and-white marble base runs around the room. The unornamented portions of the walls are covered with seventeenth-century brocatelle. The bed alcove has its original marquetry floor. The stuccowork is almost certainly done by Abbondio Statio and Carpoforo Mazetti Tencalla. The amorini are beautifully modeled and the arabesques of the doors are exquisitely executed. Everything in this bedroom forms a buoyant and joyful ensemble.