While the shape of this bureau cabinet is clearly Venetian, most of the documented ivory and mother-of-pearl-inlaid pieces executed during the first half 18th Century in Venice have a simpler decoration scheme, often only consisting of entwined floral sprays. This very richly-inlaid bureau-cabinet reflects the best inlay work executed by skilled intarsiatori such as Sebastiano Novale at the beginning of the 18th Century.
The ivory and mother-of-pearl inlay on this bureau cabinet is closely related to that found on a bureau cabinet in the collection of the Marquess of Bath at Longleat, in the Prince of Wales bedroom, illustrated in S. Morris, 'Lives of Bath', The Antique Collector, December/January 1993/1994, p. 34.
A further related bureau cabinet is illustrated in S. Colombo, l'Arte del Mobile in Italia, Milan, 1975, pl.213.
Other related bureau cabinets include:-
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's New York, 27 March 1993, lot 244
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's New York, 20 March 1998, lot 318 ($ 145,500).