$ 380,000

Superb Venetian Chinoiserie Drop-Front Cabinet

Origin Italy
Period 18th Century
Materials Gilded, lacquered wood, period-etched mirrors
W. 43 in; H. 87 in; D. 21.5 in;
W. 109.22 cm; H. 220.98 cm; D. 54.61 cm;
Condition Excellent. Never restored
Creation Date Second quarter of the 18th century
Description The very fine and rare Venetian drop-front desk shown here from the 2nd quarter of the 18th century is a unique example, the lacquer and the gilded chinoiserie decorations and hardware are in their original condition, and the piece has miraculously not needed to be restored. Called ‘la scrivania á ribalta con alzata’ in Italian – and a “trumo” in common usage there, but not to be confused with the French “trumeau”; a mirror inset into the boiserie, (usually over the mantelpiece). This furniture form was, and still is, considered the most prestigious piece in the Italian “salone” of a palace or villa.

The shaped commode base with three drawers is topped by the desk section containing in the interior pigeon holes and drawers centered by a shaped door, a sign of high quality workmanship, all in brilliant gold chinoiserie motifs on lacquer. The upper section has an equally fine interior with more chinoiserie decoration and again a bombe door hidden behind fine etched mirrors featuring chinoiserie figures in their requisite gowns holding umbrellas.
Styles / Movements Baroque
Dealer Reference Number DSV 18-27
Incollect Reference Number 178074
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