The finely shaded, crisply detailed naturalistic marquetry of this commode relates it to the work of the most famous Lombardy intarsiatore of the neo-classical period, Giuseppe Maggiolini.
Paired doves, emblematic of love and often based on designs by Giuseppe Levati, appear in a number of pieces attributed to Maggiolini's workshop, for instance on a commode, once part of a pair and now in a private collection, Modena, and on the fall-front of a secretaire in a private collection, Milan (see G. Beretti, Giuseppe Maggiolini, L'Officina del Neoclassicismo, Milan, 1994, pp. 90 and 122). Interestingly a floor in the Palazzo Reale, Monza also incorporates an intarsia panel of paired doves with Cupid's quiver (Beretti op. cit.,pp. 22-3).
The distinctive flower-filled tazza of the sides of this commode also relate to a similar flower-filled basket on the fall-front of a secretaire by Maggiolini in the Palazzo Isimbardi, Milan (Beretti op. cit., p. 118).