Bookcase (one of a pair)

Design attributed to the architect Niccolo Michetti Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551

This pair of bookcases was formerly in the braccio nuovo, or new wing, of the Palazzo Rospigliosi, Rome, where it was listed in the inventory of 1722.

The ovals in the crests were filled with painted and gilded allegorical devices and mottoes, which have been replaced by photographs. The motto on this bookcase reads: LABOR OMNIA VINCIT (work overcomes all) and on .2: NONDUM IN AUGE (not yet famous).

Bookcase (one of a pair), Design attributed to the architect Niccolo Michetti (Italian, died 1759), Walnut and poplar; iron hinges and locks, metal wire; antique silk and linen brocatelle door curtains (not original), Italian, Rome

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