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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