This bureau-cabinet was conceived after an English prototype, whose general design spread across Europe through prints and furniture which was exported from England. Genoa, with strong trading links to foreign countries, including England, produced furniture which is suprisinginly close to such English prototypes.
The decorative scheme of banding is closely related to that on a Genoese bureau-cabinet in the Sinatra Collection in Camogli, illustrated in L.C. Caimi, L'Ebanisteria Genovese del Settecento, Parma, 1995, fig. 8.