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A 19th century Italian Empire st. mahogany and gilt chest

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A magnificent mid 19th century Italian Empire st. mahogany and gilt four drawer chest. The chest is raised on a solid base below back straight legs and regal patinated and gilt griffin shaped supports in the front. The stunning serpentine... — Read More

  • Item # 5652
  • H: 40 in L: 59 in D: 26 in

    H: 102 cm L: 150 cm D: 66 cm

  • Italy
  • 19th Century
  • Giltwood, Mahogany
  • Empire st. Read More
  • (Empire st.) - Neo-Classical in style, it was inspired by the decorative motifs and characteristics of Greco-Roman models, characterized as noble and massive. Mahogany, Rosewood, and Ebony were the preferred woods. Brass or gilt mounts in the form of swags, festoons, laurel wreaths, torches, and mythological creatures were used. Also common were the Napoleonic emblems of the bee, the crown, and the letter "N". After Napoleon conquered Egypt, he was so inspired by what he saw there, and he instructed his cabinet makers to include designs of sphinxes, Cariatides, and other Egyptian figures, in their creations.
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A 19th century Italian Empire st. mahogany and gilt chest

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