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Decoration

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Decoration of the Gibert pharmacy
(1879)
Passeig de Gràcia, 2. Barcelona

In 1979 Antoni Gaudí received a commission to decorate the pharmacy of Joan Gibert Casals thanks to the mediation of Eusebi Güell, whose family like Gibert‘s came from near Tarragona, in Torredembarra. Gaudí designed almost everything for this pharmacy in the Passeig de Gràcia of Barcelona, sadly demolished many decades ago: the shop sign with the owner’s name, two panels on either side of the entrance with reliefs of snakes (the symbol of medicine), the glazed door and the lateral shop windows with their engraved plant decoration, an elegant carved wooden bench, and a marquetry counter with geometric ornamentation. All in all, an early display of Gaudí's mastery as designer of wooden furniture. 

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