Chest of Drawers

Artist:mid 18th century Roman manufacture

Date:mid 18th century

Geographic area :Rome

Technique:lacquered, painted, and gilded wood; top in antique-yellow breccia marble


This Roman chest of drawers is one of the very few that have preserved their lacquer decoration nearly intact. This decoration is based on the play of two contrasting colors, light blue and gold, depicting chinoiseries such as pagodas, men on horseback, birds, flowers, and trees. The undulated legs end in goat’s hoofs. The top is a slab of a very uncommon marble – antique-yellow breccia – that elegantly follows the complex design of this piece of furniture.