An important pair of Italian 18th century mother of pearl inlaid kingwood, tulipwood, ebony and parquetry commodes
Lot 100Y
An important pair of Italian 18th century neoclassical mother of pearl inlaid kingwood, tulipwood, ebony and parquetry commodes Naples or Sicily, circa 1790
£120,000 - 200,000
US$ 200,000 - 340,000
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An important pair of Italian 18th century neoclassical mother of pearl inlaid kingwood, tulipwood, ebony and parquetry commodes
Naples or Sicily, circa 1790
each with a rectangular Jaune de Sienne marble top, above a pair of long drawers inlaid with cube parquetry, centred by an intertwined star and rectangle, flanked to each side by a scrolling acanthus leaf, the sides with similar inlaid panels, above a shaped apron, on tapering square legs, 137cm wide, 67cm deep, 99cm high (53.5" wide, 26" deep, 38.5" high). (2)

Footnotes

  • The rectangular shape of the carcass, opening with two long drawers, inlaid with geometrical parquetry and mother of pearl inserts are typical of the neoclassical production from the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in the last quarter of the 18th century. A comparable commode from the Villa Livia in Naples, with a similar jaune de Sienne marble top is illustrated in E. Colle, p.71. Identical cube parquetry delimited by geometrical bandings can be seen on a Neapolitan commode-bureau from the same collection, illustrated in A.Putaturo Murano, pl.XXVIII.

    Literature:
    - Enrico Colle, Il Mobile Neoclassico in Italia,milano, 2005.
    - Antonella Putaturo Murano, Il Mobile Napoletano del Settecento, Naples, 1977.
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