29 September 1999
AN ITALIAN BRASS-MOUNTED LABURNUM BUREAU
Emilia or Venice, Circa 1740
The rectangular top above a curved fall-front, enclosing six drawers and a secret panel over three angled drawers, with allover quarter-veneering and crossbanding, on a molded base and bracket feet, the top similarly veneered but in palissander and fruitwood and therefore possibly reveneered
40in. (101.5cm.) high, 47in. (119.5cm.) wide, 22in. (56.5cm.) deep
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 9 December 1994, lot 133 (13,225).
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A closely related laburnum bureau but without the extraordinary incurved outline of this example, is illustrated in G. Manni, Mobili in Emilia, Modena, 1986, p. 257, fig. 161.
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