Italian Early 19th Century Empire Commode with Perspective Marquetry, Circle of Giovanni Maffezzoli

Most likely executed by his pupils Tommaso or Niccolo Pezzoni, walnut inlaid with various exotic woods (including olive wood, boxwood, amaranth, palm wood)

Rare for its classic Empire form, with a beautiful warm color. The commode is a wonderful example of perspective marquetry, in the tradition of Giuseppe Maggiolini and his pupil Giovanni Maffezzoli, made in the early 19th century by Tommaso Pezzoni, Piacenza, (who learned his trade in the workshop of Maffezzoni)

Inlaid top with a center-roundel showing a youth reclining on a chaise in front of a classical temple, above four drawers, the fronts forming an architectural, perspective scene showing buildings and ruins, fountains, sculptures and a boy resting on a toppled column accompanied by a playing dog, flanked by caryatids topped with gilt bronze classical heads and ending in gilt bronze feet. The sides featuring medallions with urns. Intricate inlaid borders framing each scene. Square inlaid block feet.

Constructed of solid walnut and inlaid with various exotic woods (including olive wood, boxwood, amaranth, palm wood).

Minor old restoration as to be expected.

Reference: Enrico Colle, “Italian Empire Furniture”, Rizzoli, P. 340-341, no. 112


49” wide, 23” deep, 35.5” high

124.5 cm wide, 58.5 cm deep, 90.2 cm high


Reference Number: G_884


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