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    Sale 1987

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

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 277

    AN ITALIAN SPECIMEN MARBLE-INLAID WALNUT AND EBONY COMMODE

    LATE 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN SPECIMEN MARBLE-INLAID WALNUT AND EBONY COMMODE
    LATE 17TH CENTURY
    The molded rectangular top above five specimen marble-inlaid drawers, including Fior di Pesco, African rosso, Alabastro fiorito, Sicilian jasper and lumachella orientale within panels, on a molded plinth base and bun feet, the inset panels apparently original
    55 in. (139.5 cm.) high, 62 (157.5 cm.) wide, 25½ in. (65 cm.) deep


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    This rare type of chest of drawers was probably made to protect and display a lapidary collection of a wealthy collector or merchant. Two similar chest of drawers are in the Barberini Palace, Rome.

    A related specimen marble inset commode from 'Una dimora di Piazza Farnese', was sold at Sotheby's, Casino dell'Aurora Pallavicini, Rome, 18 May 2004, lot 429. The same commode, subsequently in the collection of Edric Van Vredenburgh was sold Sotheby's, London, 6 June 2006, lot 21; while another related commode from the Collection of Marcel Puech was sold Etude Tajan, Paris, 8 November 1999, lot 69. A final closely related example was sold anonymously at Christie's, London, 9 November 2006, lot 94.