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    Sale 12975

    Noble & Private Collections Part I

    2 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 215

    A SOUTH ITALIAN GILT-VARNISHED SILVERED 'MECCA' AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED BUREAU-CABINET

    SICILY, MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A SOUTH ITALIAN GILT-VARNISHED SILVERED 'MECCA' AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED BUREAU-CABINET
    SICILY, MID-18TH CENTURY
    With a pair of panelled doors enclosing a white and blue floral painted interior with three shelves, the fall-front revealing an interior fitted with five small drawers, refreshments to the decoration, the handles later
    102 in. (259 cm.) high; 65 ½ in. (166 cm.); 25 ½ cm. (65 cm.) deep


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    This elegant bureau-cabinet is a rare example of Sicilian production of the mid-18th century. The lower section with its distinctive shaped sides is reminiscent of Sicilian commodes of the same period. Most of the Sicilian bureaux cabinets known are parcel-gilt and polychrome-painted with rich floral decoration within cartouches contrasting against coloured surfaces, comparable examples sold at Christie's London, 11 September 2008, lot 218, and a further example, from the Roman collection of Barone Fassini, sold at Christie's, London, 8 November 2007, lot 55.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOTS 208-211, 215 & 386)