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This important and magnificent pair of Neapolitan commodes are for their size almost certainly the best pair of parquetry commodes recorded to date. There is only one other recorded pair of similar quality with elaborate parquetry now in Palazzo Barberini, Rome, one of which is illustrated by Colle op. cit., p. 72.
This pair of commodes relate to other examples being produced in Naples in around the 1770's, for example, two commodes illustrated by Colle op. cit., p. 70 (one sold in these Rooms, 10th June 1999, lot 93) and p. 71, which bear similarities to the offered pair in respect of the use of exotic woods and the design of the parquetry runs over the full surface of the drawers in different coloured woods. The possible makers for this magnificent pair of commodes include Antonio Ross, a German and Giovanni Bali, circa 1760, who is described as making marquetry in the German style. The extensive secret drawers in both commodes indicates make these a particularly fine example and the quality of the craftsmanship can be seen in their construction.
The coat-of-arms on the marble tops which have been tinted red and engraved is of the De Cardine (the Cardenes of Aragonese origin), an old Neapolitan aristocratic family and Princes of the Holy Roman Empire.
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