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    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 357

    A SOUTH ITALIAN BURR WALNUT, OLIVEWOOD, KINGWOOD AND MARQUETRY COMMODE

    NAPLES, MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A SOUTH ITALIAN BURR WALNUT, OLIVEWOOD, KINGWOOD AND MARQUETRY COMMODE
    NAPLES, MID-18TH CENTURY
    The serpentine-fronted cippolino mandolato rosso marble top above a bombé case with three conforming crossbanded drawers centered by a foliate star, the sides inlaid with further star motifs, with hipped angles and waved apron, on splayed legs, the handles replaced
    40 in. (101.5 cm.) high, 52 in. (132 cm.) wide, 28¾ in. (73 cm.) deep


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    This commode's serpentine bombé form, with its crisp, angled sides and inlaid rosette decoration, is typical of Neopolitan furniture. A commode with similar marquetry in the Museo Correale di Terranova, Sorrento is illustrated in E. Baccheschi, Mobili Italiani del Meridione, Milan, 1966, p. 85, while a further example in the same museum is illustrated in A.P. Murano, Il Mobile Napoletano del Settecento, Naples, 1977, pl. XXV.a.

    A related commode was sold anonymously at Christie's New York, 18 October 2002, lot 55, and another at Christie's London, 14 December 1995, lot 88.