Canterano, Emilia first quarter of the 18th century

Emilia, first quarter of the 18th century


Emilian chest of drawers resting on a plinth open on the front by two opposing shelves, carved and perforated in scrolls. The broken front has three drawers, of which the upper one with a partially opening front to conceal a cabinet with various drawers and secrets, which can also be accessed by opening the top. Veneered in walnut briar, the front, sides and top are inlaid with intertwined scroll motifs; the drawers and the edge of the top are finished with ebonized frames. The interiors are in poplar; it has restorations and replacements in some drawers of the cabinet and a lock is missing.

Dimensions: 113 x 165 x 81 cm


Historical-stylistic analysis:

The canterano in question belongs to the Emilian production of the early eighteenth century. In fact, it maintains the architectural solidity that characterizes the Emilian furniture of the late seventeenth century, enriching itself with a volute inlay with intertwined ribbons that make up reserves painted with briar. These intertwining, together with the broken front, are the first movements that introduce a change, a transition period that will lead from the baroque forms to the more moved and sinuous ones of the subsequent baroque.


– Graziano Manni, A Thousand Emilian Furniture (Home furnishings in Emilia-Romagna from the 16th to the 19th century), Artioli Editore, Modena, 1991;

– Graziano Manni, Antique furniture in Emilia Romagna, Artioli Editore, Modena, s.d

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