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$ 105,000

A Rococo Inlaid with Bone Italian Mechanical Writing Table Ferrara

Origin Italy
Period 18th Century
Materials Walnut, fruit wood and bone
W. 33.25 in; H. 29.25 in; D. 24.75 in;
W. 84.46 cm; H. 74.3 cm; D. 62.87 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Circa 1755-1765
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.
Styles / Movements Louis XV, Rococo, Traditional
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 Number TBL 18-18
Incollect Reference Number 142580
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