28 March 2007
A NORTH ITALIAN IVORY-INLAID EBONY AND ROSEWOOD SECRETAIRE-COMMODE**
PROBABLY VENETO, LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
THE RECTANGULAR TOP CENTRALLY INLAID WITH A STAR AND SURROUNDED WITH FURTHER GEOMETRIC AND LINE INLAY, THE TOP CENTRALLY HINGED AND LIFTING OVER A FALL-FRONT FRIEZE DRAWER TO REVEAL A FITTED WRITING SURFACE WITH TWO RANGES OF FIVE DRAWERS FLANKING A CENTRAL COMPARTMENT, ALL ABOVE THREE LONG DRAWERS WITH CIRCULAR STAR AND LINE INLAY AND SEA PUTTI HANDLES, THE SIDES SIMILARLY INLAID, ON LATER BUN FEET, DRAWER HANDLES REPLACED
43½ IN. (110.5 CM.) HIGH, 56 IN. (142 CM.) WIDE, 27½ IN. (70 CM.) DEEP
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A SECRETAIRE-COMMODE OF CLOSELY RELATED FORM INLAID WITH IVORY ROUNDELS AGAINST AN EBONY GROUND IS IN THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEO CIVICO DI STORIA E ARTE OF TRIESTE AND IS ILLUSTRATED IN C. ALBERICI, IL MOBILE VENETO, MILAN, 1980, P. 126, PL. 166.
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