The extremely elaborate inlay of this bureau-cabinet is closely related to one illustrated in L. Caumont Caimi, L'Ebanisteria Genovese del Settecento, Parma, 1995, pp. 114-115, fig. 56. A small group of bureau-cabinets, including this lot, the above mentioned and another illustrated in L. Canonero, Barocchetto Genovese, Milan, 1962, plate XXIV, all have a similar treatment of the inlay of the front and sides and can be attributed to the same, still unidentified, workshop. Two further bureau-cabinets attributed to the same workshop were previously in the Palazzo Doria and in the Palazzo Pallavicino.
The distinctively patterned inlay on the frame of the doors is indicative of the very early productions of the rococo-style bureau-cabinets in Genoa in the 18th Century, when particular attention was paid to the execution of the work. Ormolu handles identical to these can be found on other Genoese furniture of high quality of the mid-18th Century.
Other similar models of bureau-cabinets are illustrated in Canonero, op. cit., plates XXXVIII, LX, LXXVI, LXXXIX, and in G. Morazzoni, Il Mobile Genovese, Milano, 1962, pl. XLIV, no. 67.
A very similar bureau-cabinet was sold at Christie's Rome, 28 September 1986, lot 549, another but with broken pediment cresting at Christie's Rome, 27 March 1990, lot 224, while another very similar at Sotheby's Monaco, 14 November 1989, lot 210 (FF 2.109.000).