Genoa, mid 18th century
This commode incorporates all the hallmarks of high quality Genoese furniture production in the middle of the 18th century. The highly characteristic "butterfly wing" inlay, the selection of veneers, and the overal design and shape, leave no doubt as to its origins. The Republic of Genoa was in close proximity to France, and the political influence of the French court was keenly felt and demonstrated in the cultural life of the area. Genoa was a major port; consequently the Genoese cabinetmakers had relatively easy access to a variety of exotic veneers.
A number of nearly identical commodes are illustrated, L.C. Caimi, L'ebanisteria Genovese del settecento, Parma, 1995, p. 163 ff.
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