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A pair of Italian mother-of-pearl inlaid tulipwood, kingwood, ebony, rosewood, parquetry and marquetry commodes, Neapolitan circa 1770
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

A pair of Italian mother-of-pearl inlaid tulipwood, kingwood, ebony, rosewood, parquetry and marquetry commodes, Neapolitan circa 1770
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A pair of Italian mother-of-pearl inlaid tulipwood, kingwood, ebony, rosewood, parquetry and marquetry commodes, Neapolitan circa 1770
each of bombé serpentine form, with a later engraved red tinted white carrara marble top with the coat-of-arms of the princely families of the De Cardine-Pignatelli surmounted by a Princely Coronet and beneath an ermine baldacchino with boldly scrolling foliage, above two long drawers concealing secret drawers inlaid with a stylised rosette within a c-scroll cartouche within borders of c-scrolls above a shaped apron inlaid with a stylised scallopshell, on splayed legs with gilt-bronze scrolled feet, one marble top bearing the signature `Celebrano' and dated 1774  
each 98.5cm. high, 154cm. wide, 73cm. deep; 3ft. 2¾in. high, 5ft. ½in. wide, 2ft. 4¾in. deep
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Description

Comparative Literature:
Enrico Colle, Il mobile in Rococò in Italia: Arredi e Decorazioni d'interni dal 1738 Al 1775, Milan, 2003, pp. 70, 71, 72. 
Antonella Putaturo Murano, Il Mobile Napoletano del Settecento, Naples, 1977, p. Tav. XVIIIb.  

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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