Urn-Shaped flap, Milan mid-18th century

Milan, half of the XVIII Century


Drop-leaf cabinet moved in all its parts both vertically and horizontally. The cabinet has four drawers on the front, the smaller one inserted in the typical groove under the top and the others to follow with a retractable chain. On the top, the piece of furniture develops with an urn-shaped rise, the door of which conceals a cabinet with six slightly moved drawers, while a drawer is concealed in the frame of the rise. The whole piece of furniture is veneered in walnut briar with maple and walnut threads that create reserves on the front, sides and door.

The frames that decorate the top and the four uprights are made of head-worked walnut, while small frames starting from the curled feet highlight the shaped aprons. Rocaille carved walnut vents, bronze handles. Poplar interior.

Dimensions: 130 x 126 x 55 cm (51,2 x 49,6 x 21,6 in )


Historical-critical analysis:

The piece of furniture described here represents one of the most successful models in the Milanese “bombé” furniture collection. Furniture that is influenced by the Baroque style from beyond the Alps that characterizes them in these very accentuated and curved shapes. The care of the furniture is entrusted to the design but also to the choice of briar and the attention to detail such as the small frames that emphasize the closure of the shaped aprons on the front and sides.


– Clelia Alberici, Il mobile lombardo, ed. Gorlich 1969;
– Giuseppe Beretti, Il mobile dei lumi, ed. In limine 2010.

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