A fine late 18th Century Italian marquetry inlaid Centre table dating from c 1790. Originating from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy the table has a profusely inlaid rectangular top utilizing various wood veneers in a figurative and floral pattern above a similarly decorated frieze containing a short drawer on each side, the whole being supported in slim tapering and marquetry inlaid legs. Apart from a few very minor pieces of restoration the table is in excellent original condition displaying a fine mellow colour and various minor marks and abrasions consistent with age and use. 22000

PROVENANCE: This table was sold by Sothebys Milan in 2006, lot 492 estimate 12,000 to 18,000 Euros plus buyers commission of 25%. The sale included items from the Villa Paolina Di Monte San Quirico, Lucca where this table was housed. Villa Paolina was the residence of Paoline Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte who extensively renovated the Villa where she lived in the early 19th Century. When she died in 1825 the Villa together with all the furniture was passed to her husband Camillo Borghese who passed the Villa and contents on in 1836 to the Boccella family who passed it in turn to Count Aubrey William Teal and thence to the present owners, the Pardinis. During this passage of inheritance the Villa together with the furniture was passed to each successive generation marking a continuous recorded line of inheritance up to 2006 when some of the items, this table included, were sold in Sothebys Milan. Therefore it is highly likely that this table belonged to Paolina Bonaparte and is listed to belonging to her by repute. An important piece with a documented Provenance confirmed recently by Sothebys Bond street

Dimensions:73 cm deep, 98 cm wide, 76 cm high