36 East 73rd Street New York City, NY 10021 , United States Call Seller 212.517.9176


Superb Venetian Chinoiserie Drop-Front Cabinet

$ 380,000
  • 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.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Gilded, lacquered wood, period-etched mirrors
    Condition: Excellent. Never restored
    Creation Date: Second quarter of the 18th century
    Styles / Movements: Baroque, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: DSV 18-27
    Incollect Reference #: 178074
  • Dimensions
    W. 43 in; H. 87 in; D. 21.5 in;
    W. 109.22 cm; H. 220.98 cm; D. 54.61 cm;
Message from Seller:

The gallery deals in European works of art, antiques and paintings from antiquity to the end of the eighteenth century. Under Mrs. Fioratti's direction, the gallery has continued to supply works of art to museums across America and Europe. She has designed interiors in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Mrs. Fioratti has worked on architectural restorations, and restored a 10th century village near Siena.

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