18th Century Italian Secretaire with exotic 19th Century decoration, circa 1725. Italian simple single drawer slant front case covered with circa 1825-1840 elaborate painted lacquer decoration. Legs and writing surface very stable and usable.
Exterior: The top, front and sides of this secretaire present a world of imaginative and playful renderings. Raised relief Chinoiserie ornamentation depicts exotic, imagined scenes of pagodas, birds, a rhinoceros, rabbits, a rooster, tiger, lion, snake, monkeys, deer, dogs, a turtle, and insects. Exceptional decorative presence.
Interior: Painted and decorated with a repeating floral pattern with a smallfitted shelf on top.Very credible paint and decoration with little over paint and noenhancement. Some touch-up to the losses of green paint and gesso. Wear to the topsurface.
Dimensions: 43 inches wide x 22 inches deep x 38 inches high
T. Reggiardo Antiques, located in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco since 1998, specializes in 18th and 19th Century English and Continental furniture and works of art. The shop also carries select pieces of 20th Century furniture and art. Tom Reggiardo has been in the antiques…