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AN ITALIAN NEOCLASSIC WALNUT, FRUITWOOD AND MARQUETRY WRITING TABLE
PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK ESTATE (LOTS 155-156)
AN ITALIAN NEOCLASSIC WALNUT, FRUITWOOD AND MARQUETRY WRITING TABLE

POSSIBLY BY GIUSEPPE MAGGIOLINI, MILAN, CIRCA 1780

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AN ITALIAN NEOCLASSIC WALNUT, FRUITWOOD AND MARQUETRY WRITING TABLE Possibly by Giuseppe Maggiolini, Milan, circa 1780 The checker-banded rectangular top with central oval reserve containing a flaming heart over Cupid's quiver and bow with ribbon, the top with an sliding firescreen with panelled reserve, above two short drawers with a writing slide divide, on tapering panelled legs joined by an incurved undertier inlaid with acanthus-scrolled reserve, on short toupie feet 28in. (71cm.) high, 18½in. (47cm.) wide, 15in. (38cm.) deep

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The inlay on this small table is very closely related to the production of the Milanese workshop of Giuseppe Maggiolini (d. 1814), the celebrated "Intarsiatore" to Archduke Ferdinand (d.1824).
The ribbon-tied love trophy including a flaming torch and quiver which decorates the tabletop, as well as the small scrolls at the tops of the legs and the foliate-scroll inlay to the undertier, are all motifs found frequently within Maggiolini's work. For further information see G. Beretti, Giuseppe Maggiolini Milan, 1994.

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