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Cabinet, Drop-Front Bureau Bookcase
Catalog#: DSV 18-11
Artist: Bergamo (probably) 
Category: Furniture - Non-American
SubType: Bureau
Origin: Italy
Era: 18th Century
Height: 91 in. inches
Width: 49.5 in. inches
Depth: 23 inches
Probably Bergamo, circa 1720-1740. Cassettone-a-ribalta-con-alzata. walnut and fruitwood, and silver gilt (argento meccato), with engraved mirror glass. Inlaid with trophies and mythological figures. Heigth 91 inches, 49.5 inches width, 25 inches depth.

This rococo slant-front secretary is in two parts, with a shaped rectangular top with an arched central cornice flanked by scrolls above two engraved glazed cupboard doors, the arched central panels engraved with a pair of classical draped figures standing on a foliate scrolled base, opening to a fitted interior enclosing pigeon holes and shelves; the lower section has a slant-front writing surface opening to reveal four short drawers and four pigeon holes all above one serpentine-fronted frieze drawer and three long conforming drawers flanked by silver-gilded scrolled pilasters, above a scrolled apron, all raised on ebonized short cabriole legs, ending in scrolled toes; the whole is decorated with classically draped figures within cartouches, bouquets of flowers within walnut reserves, all within fruitwood borders.

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