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Antique Italian Neoclassical Walnut Chest of Drawers circa 1790

A superb antique Italian neoclassical inlaid walnut chest of drawers circa 1790. The handsome balance between the shape of this Italian chest and the hand applied inlay is simply marvelous. The rarity of having a breakfront form, where the center of the chest is placed farther forward than the sides, adds immensely the value. Please enlarge all the photographs to see the enormous amount of effort expended by the artisan of this antique walnut chest to ensure that every surface, top, front and sides, reflect an enchanting design. When this chest was created the only light available came from natural sources, wood burning in a hearth and lighted candles. When a piece of furniture such as this chest was placed in an interior it was only suitable for the wealthiest households as they were the only people able to afford the expense of providing enough illumination to see all the surfaces. Now, of course, with electric light it is simple to see the entire chest and admire its artistry.
# 016MAAG16


50.50" w x 24.00" d x 33.00" h

128.27cm w x 60.96cm d x 83.82cm h