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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    A NORTH ITALIAN GREEN-AND-POLYCHROME PAINTED COMMODE

    POSSIBLY LOMBARDY, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A NORTH ITALIAN GREEN-AND-POLYCHROME PAINTED COMMODE
    POSSIBLY LOMBARDY, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The faux marble-painted rectangular top above a conforming case fitted with three long drawers painted with grottesques containing portrait medallions and masks, the sides with a portrait medallion within scrolling foliage, swags and cornucopiae, the angles painted with trailing berrying vinery on angular slightly cabriole legs
    37½ in. (95 cm.) high, 49¾ in. (127 cm.) wide, 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep


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    A table, with almost identical painted scrolling foliage and portrait medallions is illustrated in E. Barbolini,Mobili Impero, Il Neoclassicismo tra Emilia e Lombardia Bologna, 2000, p 130. Paint analysis has revealed a combination of lead white and prussian blue which is consistent with Italian furniture from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.