For a related cabinet attributed to Ferdinando Pogliani, see Giacomo Wannenes, Mobili d'Italia l'Ottocento, Milano, 1987, pp. 146 and 147.
A comparable cabinet by Luigi Cassani is illustrated E. Colle, Luigi Cassani, 1893-1946, exhibition catalogue, Bergamo, 1999, p. 122, fig. 27.
Ferdinando Pogliani (active 1860's and 1870's) worked with his sons Paolo and Carlo in his workshop in Borgo di Porta, Vittoria N.81, Milan. Later he had a showroom in the elegant Via Monte Napoleone and won prizes in several leading Exhibitions and he became one of the cities leading cabinet-makers and his entry in the encyclopaedic history of Milan reads; ...`much sought after and very expensive is ivory and ebony inlaid furniture. In this field Pogliani excels with his perfect technique which was very much admired at the exhibition in 1881.' He specialised in the manufacture of large architecturally inspired pieces of furniture made from ebony inlaid with ivory, tortoiseshell and pietre dure with gilt-mounts. The subject matter included amorini, flowers and mythological subjects and animals.
Comparable cabinets are located in the Museo del Castello Sforzesco in Milan.
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