Chest of Drawers Directoire Walnut Italy XVIII-XIX Century

Italy, Late XVIII-Early XIX Century

Code :  ANMOCA0186199

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Chest of Drawers Directoire Walnut Italy XVIII-XIX Century

Italy, Late XVIII-Early XIX Century

Code :  ANMOCA0186199

not available

Chest of Drawers Directoire Walnut Italy XVIII-XIX Century - Italy, Late XVIII-Early XIX Century


Italy, Late XVIII-Early XIX Century

Style:  Directoire (1790-1804)

Time:  19th Century / 1801-1900 , 18th Century / 1701 - 1800

Origin:  Italy

Main essence:  Silver Fir Maple Walnut Poplar

Material:  Fruit wood


Directoire chest of drawers in walnut, Italy late 18th - early 19th century. Front with 3 drawers, truncated pyramidal feet reduced in height. Decorated on the top, front and sides with reserves, fruitwood borders and maple threads; poplar and fir interior. Drawer restorations, locks removed and hardware replaced.

Product Condition:
Product that due to age and wear requires restoration and re-polishing. We try to present the real state of the furniture as fully as possible with photos. If some details are not clear from the photos, what is reported in the description will prevail.

Dimensions (cm):
Height: 90
Width: 124,5
Depth: 54,5

Additional Information

Style: Directoire (1790-1804)

In this short period of time we witness, in the furniture, an accentuation of the archaeological rigor and at the same time an accentuated linear severity is formulated that in fact preludes and anticipates forms and ornaments that will then be typical of the Empire style.
The Direttorio period furniture abandons the delicate pastel colors that characterize the Louis XVI production in favor of the dark magnificence of mahogany, which in its vast range of essences will be by far the most appreciated wood in this period.
Added to this is a general abandonment of floral inlay trends to which simple ebony or amaranth stained wood threads are preferred, the most fashionable is the inclusion of slight linear brass profiles.
The novelties are grafted on a trend that usually finds types already widespread in the neoclassical era, and in some cases there is no lack of significant innovations: the chairs, often painted in light colors and archaeological motifs, are distinguished by the typical backrest upholstered or finished with openwork which is rolled "en crosse" and "S".
The rear legs are all the rage when curved like a saber and the wraparound backrest type, known as a gondola, is widespread.
For studies and libraries, models of chairs characterized by a high concave backrest, called "en hémicycle", with a usually solid structure and with a seat covered in leather, spread.
The use of the secrétaires is widespread and the type of toilet is completely new, now similar to a console on which rests a tilting mirror within hinged plates.
Certainly the most imaginative novelty of this period is the graceful psyche, consisting of a large oval-shaped or rectangular mirror, mounted within high wooden supports and generally supported by saber-shaped legs.
This is the era where the oval or round dining table is very popular, while the desk continues to maintain the shape of the à bureau plats models already known in the previous era.
In this period there are no particular technical-constructive innovations, the technologies remain those already in use since the beginning of the mid-eighteenth century.
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19th Century / 1801-1900

18th Century / 1701 - 1800

Main essence:

Silver Fir

Soft coniferous wood, used for rustic furniture or to build the chest, that is the structure, of furniture then veneered in more precious woods. It has been used since ancient times, its most valuable use is, in the Spruce variant, in the inlays of French antique furniture of the '700 . The spruce, more typical of northern Europe, in Italy grows mainly in the Eastern Alps at altitudes above 1300 m. The noblest use of this essence was in the construction of violins, guitars and cellos: Stradivari himself produced his famous violins with this wood.


Hard, light wood used for inlays. It grows mainly in Austria, but it is widespread throughout the northern hemisphere, from Japan to North America, passing through China and Europe. It is one of the lightest woods ever, tending to white, it is similar to lime or birch wood. The briar is used in the production of ancient secretaires .


Walnut wood comes from the plant whose botanical name is juglans regia , probably originally from the East but very common in Europe. Light or dark brown in color, it is a hard wood with a beautiful grain, widely used in antique furniture. It was the main essence in Italy throughout the Renaissance and later had a good diffusion in Europe, especially in England, until the advent of mahogany. It was used for solid wood furniture and sometimes carvings and inlays, its only big limitation is that it suffers a lot from woodworm. In France it was widely used more than anything else in the provinces. In the second half of the eighteenth century its use decreased significantly because mahogany and other exotic woods were preferred.


Essence considered "poor", it is a white wood, with yellowish or greyish shades, light and tender, which is easily damaged. It is used for rustic furniture or in the construction of furniture. The most valuable use it has had in the history of furniture is in Germany, in the 19th century, for veneers and inlays in the Biedermeier period.

Material: Fruit wood

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