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$ 115,000

A North Italian Walnut and Fruitwood Marquetry Desk

Origin Italy
Period 18th Century
Materials Italian Walnut and Fruitwood
W. 46.81 in; H. 31.69 in; D. 24 in;
W. 118.9 cm; H. 80.49 cm; D. 60.96 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Circa 1780-1790
Description An Italian marquetry desk, the rectangular top inlaid with a central cartouche of female sphinxes flanking a military trophy and an urn filled with fruit and issuing scrolling acanthus within a pearl and banded cartouche, the corners with acanthus sprays above a frieze drawer and two small drawers flanking a kneehole, all inlaid with scrolling floral vinery within cross banded borders, the sides and back with conforming marquetry panels, raised on cuffed square tapering legs inlaid with tapering pearls.
This desk relates to the work of the Milanese cabinet-maker Giuseppe Maggiolini. He was one of the most celebrated Italian cabinet makers of the Neoclassical period and worked extensively for the aristocracy of Northern Italy. The Marchese Litta, along with the designer Giuseppe Levati, first recognized his talents as an intarsiatore in the 1760s. His many projects included the furnishing of the Palazzo Ducale in Milan, the Villa Reale in Monza, and the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. One of the most distinctive and repeated motifs were the lush acanthus leaf scroll terminating in a flower head, as seen on the top of this desk.
Styles / Movements Baroque, Louis XVI
Book References G. Beretti, Giuseppe Maggiolini, Milan, 1994, figs. 209, 216-218.
Dealer Reference Number DSV 18-23
Incollect Reference Number 177958
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