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Japelli

Japelli, or Jappelli, Giuseppe (1783–1852). Unusually eclectic Italian early C19 architect, he trained under Selva before designing his most celebrated work, the Caffè Pedrocchi, Padua (1816–31), reckoned by H. -R. Hitchcock to be the ‘handsomest C19 café in the world’ and the ‘finest Romantic Classical edifice in Italy’. It is an essay in Neo-Classicism with Greek Doric, Corinthian, Empire, Palladian, Gothic, Moorish, and Egyptianesque themes. Il Pedrocchino, an extension of 1837, was designed in the Venetian Gothic style. From 1816 he worked on the Villa dei Conti Cittadella Vigodarsere, Saonara, near Padua, with a Pantheon-like dome over the chapel, and a strong whiff of Palladianism throughout. The gardens of the villa were in the English style, complete with Picturesque compositions and fabriques in several styles. He also designed the garden for the Villa dei Baroni Treves de' Bonfili, Padua (late 1810s and 1820s). Jappelli designed the severe Greek Revival Meat Market, Padua (1819–24), the Moorish conservatory, Villa Torlonia, Rome (1830s—where the park was also in the giardino inglesi style), and the Neo-Empire Rococo Teatro Nuovo, Padua (1846–7). Among his other garden designs were those at Castelguelfo, near Parma (early 1830s), at Tradate, near Varese, at Vaccarino, near Padua, and at Precenicco, Friuli (all 1830s).

Bibliography

Bussadori et al. (1983);
Fiocco (1931);
Hitchcock (1977);
Lavagnino (1961);
Mazza (1978);
Mazzi (ed.) (1982);
Meeks (1966);
Middleton & and Watkin (1987);
Li. Puppi (1980a)
J.-T (1996);

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