Antique Commode “Balestra” with Gilt Painted Drawer Fronts from Northern Italy

SKU: 1021-100 Category: Tag:

$6,900.00

Antique Commode “Balestra” with Gilt Painted Drawer Fronts from Northern Italy

SKU: 1021-100 Category: Tag:

$6,900.00

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Description

Hand-carved in Northern Italy during the 1800’s, this antique commode has lovely gilt painted drawer fronts. The hand-painted embellishments feature sprawling floral rinceaux and C-scrolls with a golden-brown hue. The airy and curvaceous nature of the décor further emphasizes the balestra (Italian for “crossbow”) shape of the commode top and front façade.

The thickly molded top hangs over three stacked drawers, which were constructed using dovetail joints reinforced with nails. Each drawer has a fleur de lys keyplate surrounded by a large symmetrical rinceaux dotted with C-scrolls. A metal pull is positioned toward each edge of the drawers. Behind the round knobs is a graceful floral pattern that curls inwards. The composition of the asymmetrical flowers is such that they are mirror images of each other, giving the entire drawer symmetry. The base of the chest of drawers has cavetto molding above four bun feet.

Italian chests of drawers during the late 17th-19th centuries typically featured more hand-painted elements than French productions of this time. By nature, the Italian offerings were less formal, allowing them to be placed in a variety of rooms.

CONDITION: Good antique condition, with wear commensurate to age and use, including light stains and rubs to the top. Minor nicks and fleabites to the front façade. The one key in the bottom drawer is immovable.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

Italy

Age

1800's

Dimensions

H - 35 1/2, W - 47 1/4, D - 23 1/2

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Description

Hand-carved in Northern Italy during the 1800’s, this antique commode has lovely gilt painted drawer fronts. The hand-painted embellishments feature sprawling floral rinceaux and C-scrolls with a golden-brown hue. The airy and curvaceous nature of the décor further emphasizes the balestra (Italian for “crossbow”) shape of the commode top and front façade.

The thickly molded top hangs over three stacked drawers, which were constructed using dovetail joints reinforced with nails. Each drawer has a fleur de lys keyplate surrounded by a large symmetrical rinceaux dotted with C-scrolls. A metal pull is positioned toward each edge of the drawers. Behind the round knobs is a graceful floral pattern that curls inwards. The composition of the asymmetrical flowers is such that they are mirror images of each other, giving the entire drawer symmetry. The base of the chest of drawers has cavetto molding above four bun feet.

Italian chests of drawers during the late 17th-19th centuries typically featured more hand-painted elements than French productions of this time. By nature, the Italian offerings were less formal, allowing them to be placed in a variety of rooms.

CONDITION: Good antique condition, with wear commensurate to age and use, including light stains and rubs to the top. Minor nicks and fleabites to the front façade. The one key in the bottom drawer is immovable.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

Italy

Age

1800's

Dimensions

H - 35 1/2, W - 47 1/4, D - 23 1/2

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