Italian Neoclassical Secretaire
An important Italian neoclassical style secretary made with extraordinary craftsmanship of inlay and hardwoods.
Attribution: Famous artist Francesco Abbiati, originally from a small town near Lake Como created a feast for the senses, even before being beloved for a reason. The god of the harvest knows that he wishes good luck from the central door inlay of this Lombard cabinet from the 1790s which is attributed to a table at the Getty Museum, signed and dated towards the end of the 18th century, with a decoration practically identical to that of this cabinet. Abbiati was known to deliver pieces to the Neapolitan and Spanish Court. It is interesting to note that Abbiati remained faithful to the ancient Roman sources in his compositions, which explains his presence in the eternal city.
In this piece the relationship between furniture design and architectural art is evident. A raised structure hides a drop down table, surmounted by a central recess and seven inlaid drawers with drapery, crowned by one of the labours of Hercules. The structure, made with precious woods, is supported by square and tapered legs and inlaid with centaurs and Classic figures among the foliage. The majestic frieze with buchrania, metopes and paterae, the classical sculptures in niches flanked by fluted pillars, the panels depicting Ceres, the figure of the river Sylvia, with Neptune and Jupiter, Ercole and Esculapio on his right, every detail of this cabinet speaks to us of the greatness of classical culture and it does so with the same power of the past. This cabinet exudes great classical style along with beauty marked by a noble simplicity and calm grandeur.