18th C Italian Secrétaire with exotic 19th C decoration

18th C - circa 1725 - Italian simple single drawer slant front case secrétaire covered with 19th C. - circa 1825-1840 - elaborate exotic painted lacquer decoration

Legs and writing surface very stable and usable.

Exterior: The top, front and sides of this secrétaire present a world of imaginative and playful renderings. Raised relief Chinoiserie ornamentation depicts exotic, imagined scenes of pagodas, birds, a rhinoceros, rabbits, a rooster, a tiger, a lion, a snake, monkeys, a deer, dogs, a turtle, and insects.

Exceptional decorative presence.

Interior: Painted and decorated with a repeating floral pattern with a small fitted shelf on top.

Very credible paint and decoration with little over paint and no enhancement.

Some touch-up to the losses of green paint and gesso. Wear to the top surface.

Dimensions in inches - width, depth, height - 43 x 22 x 38

$22,500 / SALE $$17,500

T. Reggiardo Antiques, located in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco since 1998, specializes in 18th and 19th century English and Continental - Italian, French, German, Dutch, Swedish - furniture and works of art. The shop also carries select 20th century pieces of furniture and art.

Featured styles include Anglo-Indian, Baroque, Biedermeier, Chippendale, Empire, Expressionist, Folk, Georgian, Mieji, Modern, Neoclassic, Queen Anne, Regency, and Rococo.

The collection includes armories, benches, bookcases, bronzes, carpets, ceramics, chairs, clocks, commodes, desks, glass, ivory, lighting such as lamps and chandeliers, marquetry, mirrors, paintings, porcelain, silver, tables, tapestries and many small objets d'art.

The owner, Tom Reggiardo, has been in the antiques trade for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Antiques Dealers Association of California, which was founded in 1924 and whose members pledge "integrity and fairness in the buying and selling of antiques."

All inquires are welcome, whether about pieces on this site or other items you may be looking for.

Photographs by Tom Wacha of Stella Studio.

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