the mottled red marble top above two long drawers, raised on cabriole legs
The present commode relates to a group of 'transitional' furniture created in Venice over the last quarter of the 18th century, and combining rococo and neoclassical decorative styles. Such pieces display a well-balanced mix of carved decoration such as ribbons and rosettes, sparingly applied to a light painted decoration of flower sprays on a lacquered, empty surface. The construction as seen on this lot is also typically Venetian, the serpentine front and concave sides still faithful to the rococo spirit so dear to many of the city's cabinet-makers.
The neoclassical style arrived late in Venice, whose palaces had seen the most exuberantly idiosyncratic flourishing of the gout rocaille. First in the new taste was the residence of Count Mangilli at Santi Apostoli, its interiors redecorated by native architect Giannantonio Selva (1754-1819), who also designed the furniture.