Remarkable Italian Carved Sideboard

Remarkable Italian Carved Sideboard

Dimensions: H: 106.5 in / 270 cm  |  W: 83 in / 210 cm  |  D: 31.5 in / 80 cm



A Truly Remarkable Italian Carved Sideboard dated 1878
Almost certainly made for The Paris Exposition of that year

Constructed from fruitwood, comprehensively carved with exquisite skill and artistry; supported on removable legs, for the ease and safety of transportation, which screw into the serpentine form engraved platform, having drawers in the frieze, itself carved to represent pleated and draped cloth; the mirrored back houses further drawers in the lower sweep, and the domed frame, flanked by carvings of quite extraordinary depth and detailing, terminate in a baroque and floridly carved arched pediment set with a fountain, - a putti issuing the water flow; a framed tablet in the lower section incorporates the date 1878, the year of the Paris Universelle Exposition at the Trocadero.
Italian, Circa 1878

Our close scrutiny of the piece showed the glass, which is original, to bear an etched Italian glass maker’s trademark, and is dated 1877, which we will shortly expect to identify, and we continue our researches into the Italian carvers who exhibited at the Exposition, which included such august names as Giusti, Frullini, Barbetti and Morelli, inter alia.

REF No. 8198

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