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    Sale 1987

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

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 276

    AN ITALIAN WALNUT CHEST OF DRAWERS

    LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY, REPLACEMENTS TO CARVED ELEMENTS

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    AN ITALIAN WALNUT CHEST OF DRAWERS
    LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY, REPLACEMENTS TO CARVED ELEMENTS
    The rectangular top with later gadroon-carved edge above four drawers, each with bead-and reel-carved moldings and pulls in the form of heads of men, the top drawer with a central associated lion mask, the sides with carved female figures and term figures, on a later gadroon-carved base and paw feet, the top drawer inscribed in red paint '1927.90', stencilled in white paint on back 'CF'and bearing a paper label inscribed in ink 'Case...Home(?) N. 3716285', the bearded mask handles and figural term figures probably original
    42½ in. (108 cm.) high, 59½ in. (151 cm.) wide, 27¾ in. (70.5 cm.) deep


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    A related commode with similar large-scale mask centring the top drawers, flanked by carved figural uprights, formerly in the Palazzo Mansi, Lucca, is illustrated in W. Odom, A History of Italian Furniture, New York, 1966, p. 267, fig. 252. Other related commodes in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and formerly in the Castello di Vincigliata, near Florence, are illustrated in Odom op. cit., pp. 265-6.