VENICE, FIRST HALF 18 TH CENTURY
cm 265 x 155 x 69
An important Venetian carob wood and parcel-gilt bureau cabinet. The inferior part, with the undulated frontage and concave sides which widen towards the reverse side, has three large drawers and two smaller ones above. The open desk reveals a particularly lavish inside composed of a central shaped door, flanked by eight small drawers, with extractable opening and drawers. In the centre there is a movable countertop, containing a drawer and a secret compartment. The upper part has two doors with cut mirrors on the front part and on the sides. Inside, the elaborated cabinet is made out of solid and brier-root walnut. The timpano is centred by a engraved mirror with a flower-filled vase and crowned by a giltwood frieze; the handles are in chiseled gilt-bronze; it stands on bun feet legs in solid walnut with speckled detail. The sophisticated realisation and the refined materials used, put this bureau cabinet amongst the most elegant and sumptuous of its kind.