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    Sale 2090

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

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 16

    A NORTH ITALIAN HARDWOOD-VENEERED COMMODE

    POSSIBLY EMILIA, MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A NORTH ITALIAN HARDWOOD-VENEERED COMMODE
    POSSIBLY EMILIA, MID-18TH CENTURY
    The shaped rectangular top above a bombé case fitted with a convex frieze drawer over three long drawers and a scalloped apron on sabre legs, hardware replaced
    37½ in. (95.5 cm.) high, 46 in. (117 cm.) wide, 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep


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    This commode, with its exotic, well-matched hardwood veneers that exploit the figure of the timber, is typical of furniture made in Emilia Romagna. Exotic hardwoods such as pallissander, kingwood and carubo would be inlaid in patterns that emphasized their elaborate figuring and would often have simple inlaid borders. Several desks and commodes with related inlay are illustrated in G. Manni, Mobili Antichi in Emilia Romana, Modena, 1993, figs. 240, 284, 294, 303-5, and 324.