Venetian Lacca Povera Desk Secretary circa 1730

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Object Description

A rare and important Venetian bureau. In shape, this secretary is influenced by the English bureau bookcase. This example consists of three parts: the arched upper section whose interior contains visible drawers as well as hidden compartments, a middle section with a sloping fall front and the lower section with three large drawers. The construction is very basic: all the attention is lavished on the surface decoration which is executed in a decoupage technique known as lacca povera or lacca contrafatta.

A similar example is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum New York.

Object Condition

In fair condition. Wear consistent with age and use. No restoration or modifications have been made. In unrestored original condition.

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