A. González-Palacios, Arredi e ornamenti alla corte di Roma, Milan, 2004;
E. Colle, Il mobile Neoclassico in Italia, Milan, 2005;
G. Lizzani, Il mobile romano, Milan, 1970.
One relatable console table with similar carved rams' heads holding laurel swags on cabriole legs ending in hoof feet is illustrated by Palacios, op. cit., p. 216. Painted decoration in Rome is rare, although it achieved a certain popularity in the transition between the late Rococo and the early Neoclassical periods. Examples with painted floral decoration are found in prestigious princely collections, see for instance a console table of slightly later date in the Villa Borghese (Colle, op. cit., pp. 146-47) and a suite of painted furniture at Palazzo Pallavicini Rospigliosi (Lizzani, op. cit., p. 118, fig. 200). Our pair of commodes is also rare because few examples are documented : it is more common to see prie-Dieu with the same form and a shelf on the lower part.
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