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


A Rococo Inlaid with Bone Italian Mechanical Writing Table Ferrara

$ 105,000
  • Description
    This metamorphic writing table has a shaped serpentine molded rectangular top with eared corners and incurved front, centrally inlaid and entwined Three Graces within elaborate flowering trailing oak boughs and acorns. The top slides back to reveal a retractable hinged writing slide incorporating a ratchet book stand flanked by two narrow covered wells beneath which a triple divided well enclosing four small drawers. A serpentine conforming frieze is also inlaid with fantastic fruitwood and bone trailing vines, and the sides with central bone putti, the bowed back centrally inlaid with a figure representing Plenty holding a fruit-filled cornucopia, with a serpentine molded apron. The table is raised on cabriole legs ending in trifid feet.
    A similarly shaped writing desk without the elaborate inlay is illustrated by Levy (op. cit.). It has an extremely similar mechanism and ratchet book rest. Another writing desk with trifid feet and a molded shaped apron, however, not as elaborate, is also illustrated. The high quality inlay work on this table is rare for Venetian furniture of this type. Indeed, this inlay work exhibits a decidedly Piedmontese influence.
  • More Information
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Walnut, fruit wood and bone
    Condition: Excellent.
    Creation Date: Circa 1755-1765
    Styles / Movements: Rococo, Traditional, Louis XV
    Book References: Helen Costantino Fioratti, il mobile italiano dall’ antichita allo stile Impero Page 141 Comparative Literature: S. Levy, Il Mobile Veneziano Del Settecento, Milan, 1980, pp. 252 and 258.
    News references: Moonan, Wendy. “Much More Than Meets The Eye,” The New York Times. January 8, 1999.
    Dealer Reference #: TBL 18-18
    Incollect Reference #: 142580
  • Dimensions
    W. 33.25 in; H. 29.25 in; D. 24.75 in;
    W. 84.46 cm; H. 74.3 cm; D. 62.87 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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