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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 119

    A NORTH ITALIAN KINGWOOD BUREAU PLAT

    GENOA, MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A NORTH ITALIAN KINGWOOD BUREAU PLAT
    GENOA, MID-18TH CENTURY
    The shaped rectangular and leather-lined top with moulded edge, above a waived frieze fitted with three drawers to the front, the sides and reverse conformingly decorated, on hipped cabriole legs terminating in foliate sabots, the reverse with a paper label inscribed 'Capi..t..ino..uti Roma'
    31¾ in. (81 cm.) high; 48¾ in. (123 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep


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    The restrained lines of this elegant bureau plat are characteristic of mid-18th Century Genoese furniture production. An interpretation of the French bureau plat, such bureaux called diplomatica, were typically veneered in kingwood, rosewood, and rich walnut, most often devoid of any mounts, thereby emphasizing the natural simple elegance of their curves. Related Genoese diplomatica bureaux plats are illustrated in L. Canonero, Barocchetto Genovese, Milan, 1962, figs. XCV and CIV. A closely-related Genoese bureau was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 6 December 2007, lot 77 (£62,900 including premium).

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