An arte povera commode of Piedmontese origin with similar decoration is illustrated, Elisabetta Barbolini Ferrari, Mobili Dipinti, Tempera, Lacca ed Arte povera nelle botteghe italiane tra XVII e XVIII secolo, Modena, 2004, p. 150.
The art of lacca povera originated in Venice where artisans, faced with the high costs and long preparations of traditional lacquer, sought a new cheaper process and discovered that ready-made designs could be applied to the furniture by gluing cut-out engravings of very thin paper directly onto furniture, they would then be colored. The final step was applying a thick varnish which created a uniform film, giving a finished "lacquered" appearance.
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