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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE MILANESE COLLECTION

An Italian green and gilt-japanned chinoiserie bureau cabinet, Venetian, circa 1750
JUMP TO LOT
231

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE MILANESE COLLECTION

An Italian green and gilt-japanned chinoiserie bureau cabinet, Venetian, circa 1750
JUMP TO LOT

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An Italian green and gilt-japanned chinoiserie bureau cabinet, Venetian, circa 1750
the cabinet interior fitted with shelves and compartments above three short drawers and two candle-slides, the bureau with a central cupboard flanked by pigeon holes and two short drawers, above three long drawers, on bracket feet
220cm. high, 101cm. wide, 59cm. deep; 7ft. 2½in., 3ft. 3¾in., 1ft. 11¼.
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Catalogue Note

This striking bureau cabinet, decorated with chinoiserie scenes imitating Oriental lacquer, takes its inspiration from the form of early 18th century Anglo-Dutch examples, which quickly took root as important pieces of furniture in the grand palaces of the Venetian aristocracy and rising merchant class.

The demand for Oriental lacquer far outstripped supply and soon European cabinet-makers started to produce their own imitations of Chinese and Japanese lacquer. From the 16th century, lacquerware inspired by Oriental models was produced in Venice and the taste for lacquer furniture reached its zenith in the 18th century, with Venice being pre-eminent in its production.

A related Venetian bureau cabinet is illustrated by Hans Huth, Lacquer of the West, The History of a Craft and Industry, 1550-1950, London, 1971, pl. 106. Another related example is illustrated in G. Morazzoni, Il Mobile Veneziano Del Settecento, Milan, 1958, Vol. II, pl. CDVIII.

A further comparable Venetian bureau cabinet, using black lacquer instead of green, was sold Sotheby’s London, Tuesday 27 April 2010, lot 47.

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