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An Italian red japanned bureau cabinet, Sicilian
second quarter 18th century
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An Italian red japanned bureau cabinet, Sicilian
second quarter 18th century
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An Italian red japanned bureau cabinet, Sicilian
second quarter 18th century
the trapezoidal top above a drop front opening to reveal a fitted interior, the lower section with three serpentine-fronted drawers raised on toupie feet, the whole decorated with chinoiserie scenes
130cm. high, 167cm. wide, 71cm. deep; 4ft. 3¼in., 5ft. 5¾in., 2ft. 4in.
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Catalogue Note

This highly unusual bureau cabinet has no equal in the cabinet-making tradition of Sicily. The deep red colour and the gilt reliefs in the English japanning tradition are exceptional in their execution.  

A virtually identical cabinet - most probably the pair to the present one - was offered Sotheby's, New York, The Foster-Gwin Collection, 24th October 2008, lot 43. The latter was in the collection of Count Lo Bue Di Lemos until the 1950's, at his residence Villa Maria in Palermo.

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