A 19thC Piedmont Fruitwood Commode c.1830-40

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Origin: Italian
Period: Neoclassical
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1830-40
Height: 35.75”
Width: 25.5”
Depth: 21.5” (all at extremities)

The very fine quality neoclassical period fruitwood carcass adorned with gilded highlights, with a fabulous overall colour from the region of Piedmont, northern Italy, having a shaped top above three graduating drawers with flower cup handles and oval escutcheons, pilasters to either flank and raised on carved and gilded lions paw feet and surviving from the second quarter of nineteenth century Italy.

The condition proves sound overall, though the top has suffered with a bow to the middle meaning it undulates to the centre. There is some loss to the moulding to the top right corner. All of the hardware to the drawers are present and original as are the feet. We have waxed her to retain the current patina and finish.

Typical Piedmontese cabinet-making displays elegant, cultivated and complex crafts that developed in Turin to cater to the needs of important royal and aristocratic patrons, in conjunction with other arts. The finest cabinet-makers and sculptors of the time were Luigi Prinotto, Pietro Piffetti, Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo, and Gabriele Capello known as “il Moncalvo”.

Around about the time this piece was made there was a revolt in Piedmont, led by Annibale Santorre di Rossi de Pomarolo, in an attempt to remove the Austrians from Italy and unify the Italian territories under the House of Savoy.

A striking and beautifully crafted piece of furniture with proportions and materials of the highest order.
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