Sardinia begins with a large blanket made of dyed skins. A bed cover, made of Flanders thread, and embroidered by needle, is on the right hand, and boots and shoes on the left. On the table is a small model of a ruin, on the right, and buttons for artificial flowers, and small fruits nicely arranged on the left. The second display shows us meerschaum pipes and cigar-holders, carved, by M. Duployez de Sonnet, at Turin; blankets, very ably made of small pieces of cloth of different colours; woollen and colonial fabrics, a dress, etc., and underneath, on the table, ruled paper, felt hats, a beautiful little plaster group, representing Napoleon I. and the King of Rome. On the other side, there is canvas, cotton tulle, embroidery, etc., and below, on the table, a geometric instrument, by M. Gibello, and samples of spinning. At the front, towards the nave, we see samples of silk spinning, lithographs and paintings executed on embroidery, which earned the exhibitor, Mr. Stéfani in Turin, the prize medal in London in 1851.
Around the next display in the middle are the famous embroideries of Genoa, of a very remarkable work, exhibited by Messrs Costa and Tessada. On the top, imitated fruits, in wax, by M. Valetti, in Piedmont, of great beauty, and which seem to us to be superior to what we have seen below, in the French exhibition.
The brushes seen there are distinguished by their excessive cheapness. - The third display begins with the exhibition of watches and clock movements from the Royal School of Clockmaking in Cluze, near Geneva, whose perfection has earned this establishment the prize medal in London. Next to it are violins made by M. Rocca, in Genoa. On the other side, a box intended to contain the sword that Napoleon I carried at the battle of Marengo, with bone inlay, two billiard cues also inlaid with bone and wood, surgical instruments, a few bindings, and a few bottles that are distinguished by their small number and inferiority.
Marquetry furniture and stuffed animals complete the Sardinian exhibition. Among the former, a large bookcase with wooden mosaic paintings representing different scenes from the history of Italy stands out on the front, on the west side. Mr Ciando in Nice is exhibiting this library, which has already won him a prize medal in London. But Mr. Berlalotto, his main worker, who is now thinking of making his own fortune after having made his master's, is himself exhibiting, next to it, tables in marquetry, in wood mosaic of a very fine work, which can be seen on the side facing the nave.
©Promenades dans l'exposition de 1855