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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE ROMAN COLLECTION

An Italian walnut and tulipwood bureau cabinet, Venetian, mid 18th century
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902

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE ROMAN COLLECTION

An Italian walnut and tulipwood bureau cabinet, Venetian, mid 18th century
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An Italian walnut and tulipwood bureau cabinet, Venetian, mid 18th century
the upper section with a swan neck cresting with later carved facetted neoclassical vases above a pair of arched mirrored doors enclosing a fitted interior with shelves, pigeon holes and mirrored door with four bowed and six serpentine short drawers above a pair of candle-slides, the lower section with a fall-front enclosing a pair of doors concealing a recess above one long concave and bowed narrow drawer, with canted stiles applied with shaped pilsters with concave sides on octagonal pad feet, the reverse with a printed paper label Anselmo Davan Padova
242cm. high, 144cm. wide, 69.5cm. deep; 7ft 11¼in., 4ft 8½in., 2ft 3½in.
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These trumeau as they were known (from the French mirror which used to stand between two windows), very soon became the pre-eminent piece of furniture in the palazzos of the Venetian aristocracy and wealthy merchants. Although they were meant to cut a bella figura on the best wall of a salon, these pieces were supposed to be functional too. While the bureaux-cabinets commissioned  for the surburban villas were often lacquered or decorated in arte povera to simulate lacquer, the finest examples of which are found in the most important palazzos of the lagoon were of serpentine form veneered in burr walnut.

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