A rare mid-18th century Lacca Povera desk or bureau, profusely decorated with decoupage vignettes on the fall front, the sides and the two drawers. Each panel is enclosed by a running floral design on a dark blue ground. The panels depict orientally dressed figures in exotic settings, romanticized pastoral landscapes, hunting scenes and scenes detailing country pursuits. The whole surface appears to be in original condition. The decoupage retains good color and engraved detail. The other surfaces, such as the top, the front and the legs are decorated with a trellis work white pattern painted on a pale rose colored ground.
The slope front opens to reveal a fitted interior with a leather lined writing surface, pigeon holes, small drawers and a slide for a secret compartment. The whole interior painted red. On tapering cabriole legs.
The bureau is of distinctive and eccentric surface composition, the method of lacca povera combined with the trellis work design can be considered quite a rarity of today.