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Unique Italian Sideboard in Cerused Chestnut

Sale price$9,450.00

Sideboard, cerused chestnut, Italy, early 1940s

This delightful Italian-made chest of drawers, originating from roughly the early 1940s, is a stunning representation of the artistic craftsmanship associated with fine woodworking. It is worth highlighting the unparalleled manner in which the cabinet was fashioned. The furniture piece is characterized by a rustic style, crafted with a harmonious and consistent approach, employing a singular material.

The relief-carved squares with the characteristic round knobs with concentric lines embellish the front. These details not only infuse a touch of artistic flair but also impart a sense of structural rhythm, vividly juxtaposing the otherwise organic and flowing grain patterns. Elevated on gracefully carved arches, these elements not only provide structural support but also imbue the piece with its distinctive character.

The construction is crafted from cerused chestnut. The cerused finish, a technique involving the application of a contrasting pigment to highlight the wood's natural grain, adds depth and texture to the piece. The designer's minimal use of decoration allows the distinctive properties of the cerused chestnut to stand out, with the squares and door knobs serving as a defining element. The interior provides a sophisticated arrangement to store one's clothing and accessories. It includes six drawers, and two compartments with shelves.

The design of the commode evokes the style and vocabulary often associated with the Italian designer Paolo Buffa, known for his sophisticated and more natural approach to furniture design. Italian designers like Guglielmo Pecorini, Lio Carminati and the well-respected furniture maker for modern architects Turri Mosè, were also creating furniture in this distinctive style. The deceptively uncomplicated appearance masks a sophisticated fusion of materials and exquisite carvings.

The provenance behind this piece is quite fascinating. It belonged to the family of the internationally renowned designer and craftswoman Gegia Bronzini. In 1929, she established a small weaving school in the rural Marocco neighborhood outside Venice, aiming to infuse the ancient craft of hand weaving with elegant, unmistakably Italian modern design motifs. Bronzini forged strong bonds with the women in the Venetian countryside, instructing some in the art of weaving on looms while delving into traditional hand weaving methods through research. Gegia Bronzini has garnered recognition and appraisal in important Italian publications focusing on architecture and design, including multiple features in Domus with a column dedicated by Gio Ponti and an entire issue in the magazine Stile.

Kindly note that this piece is in good, used condition with signs of age and use. This includes scratches and some wear on the corners. Some structural issues regarding the locks need to be reviewed. Restoration is possible before shipping by our experienced craftspeople in our own in-house restoration atelier. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for further information about the endless possibilities our restoration and upholstery atelier has to offer. Of course, a locally organized restoration is possible as well.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • date of manufacture early 1940s
  • dimensions Height 28.94 in. Width 72.84 in. Depth 19.89 in.
  • dimensions Height 73.5 cm Width 185 cm Depth 50.5 cm
  • material Chestnut
  • origin Italy
  • period 1940-1949
  • style Rustic (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50115014