A superb extremely rare Italian early 18th Century Venetian painted and parcel gilt Bureau cabinet dating from c 1730 and in original condition. The Cabinet top with Gilt broken arch cornice above a single mercury mirrored ( some deterioration in mercury) door with shallow canted flanking corners and with overall flowing gilt decorative detail on a pale silvery blue painted ground. Below, a gilt base moulding with centered pull out candle holder. The cabinet interior with three short drawers surmounted by pigeon holes with decorative pediments. The Bureau base with gilt decorative fall front flanked by half round gilt mouldings and with original lock and key. The interior with three drawers, decorative pediments flanking pigeon holes and central writing well. Below, the arc en arbelette shaped serpentine front with three long shaped drawers with original locks and key divided by thick shaped half round gilt mouldings and standing on a thick gilded base moulding, the whole supported on gilt bun feet.

The paintwork, gilding, iron locks, keys, nailed drawers, door hinges and mirror are all original with no signs of any restorations whatsoever. In naturally worn and distressed condition. An incredibly rare and important object.

This item is currently in Italy, and due to its rarity requires an export license before it can be transported to us in the UK. It should be on display at our showroom in East Sussex by the end of September 2017 and on arrival more detailed photos will be taken and posted. We will not be carrying out any further processes than a gentle cleaning off of excess dirt. 55000

Dimensions:94 cm wide, 53 cm deep,220 cm high