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Chest of Drawers, Milan
Catalog#: LAC-CRC 18-29
Category: Furniture - Non-American
SubType: Armoire/Wardrobe
Origin: Italy
Era: 18th Century
Height: 34 3/4 inches inches
Width: 49 inches inches
Depth: 22 1/4 inches inches
Giovanni Battista Masfezzoni. Milan, circa 1785-1795.Walnut, fruitwood, kingwood, pine and bronze This finely executed neoclassical commode with 3 drawers, has a rectangular overhanging top, centrally inlaid with a mythological couple in costume, all within quarter veneered panels of kingwood within a trailing vine border. The frieze drawer is inlaid with portrait medallions, flower filled urns and garland swags, above two drawers sensa traversa centered with the reverse figural medallion within a trailing vine border. Each of the lower two drawers is fitted with round bronze handles. The sides of the commode are similarly inlaid with figural medallions, while the corner stiles are inlaid with neoclassical vase motifs, which continue on the tapering square legs. Size: 34 3/4 inches in heigth, 49 inches in width, 22 1/4 inches in depth) (88 x 142 x 56 cm)

An almost identical Milanese marquetry chest-of-drawers is part of the Savoia collection at the Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi, near Turin (see N. Gabrielli, Museo dell'Arredamento, Stupinigi, Turin, 1988, fig. 95).

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