Ancient Neoclassical Chest of Drawers Mascarone '700 Walnut Veneer

Lombardy late XIX Century

Code :  ANMOCA0194889

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Ancient Neoclassical Chest of Drawers Mascarone '700 Walnut Veneer

Lombardy late XIX Century

Code :  ANMOCA0194889

not available

Ancient Neoclassical Chest of Drawers Mascarone '700 Walnut Veneer - Lombardy late XIX Century


Lombardy late XIX Century

Style:  Neo-Classical (1765-1790)

Age:  18th Century / 1701 - 1800

Origin:  Lombardia, Italy

Main essence:  Silver Fir Maple Brazilian Rosewood Cypress Walnut

Material:  Walnut Veneer , Walnut Burl Veneer , Shear plate , Inlaid Wood


Inlaid chest of drawers. Three drawers on the front, truncated pyramidal feet. Walnut and burr walnut veneer with maple and rosewood purfling. On the top there is an inlay depicting a bucolic scene, on the front medallions positioned in the center of the drawers depicting a landscape and on the sides inlay depicting a musician with tambourine and cypress threads. Truncated pyramidal feet decorated with inlaid corbels and connecting rosettes. Ornamental handles in contemporary embossed sheet metal to form plant motifs, iron locks, one of which has been replaced. Interior in fir. Restorations.

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: 92
Width: 129
Depth: 59

Additional Information

Notes historical bibliographic

Antonio Mascarone had a workshop in Cesano and it is known with certainty that he came into contact with Maggiolini's workshop, of which he may even have been a pupil. Artisan at the head of a workshop dedicated to the creation of furnishings for the Milanese and Lombard bourgeoisie of those years, in imitation of the productions of the more famous Giuseppe Maggiolini, but characterized by an evident decorative simplification. Thanks to some of his signed works it has been possible to proceed with the recognition of other pieces of furniture that were made in an unmistakable way by the same hand, often confirmed by the re-proposition of the same inlay motifs.

Style: Neo-Classical (1765-1790)

This historical period includes a properly definable first phase of the Louis XVI style.
Only later, with the maturation of archaeological fashions, a new vision of the civilization of furniture is formulated and codified, now fully ascribable to the Neoclassical style.
In fact, both trends coexist in unison until the last years of the eighteenth century.
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Age: 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 .

Brazilian Rosewood

It is a hard, light blond wood, but with strong red and pinkish veins, which is obtained from tropical trees similar to rosewood. Its veins are reminiscent of striped tulips, which is why it is called tulipwood in English-speaking areas. It is used for inlays, often combined with bois de violette. In the 1700s and 1800s it was highly appreciated and used in France and England for precious veneers. It gives off scent for decades if not centuries after curing.


It is a hard wood, originating from one of the most long-lived plants, it exists in different species. The French variant is light red with darker veins, the cabinetmakers used it more in the inlays. The Asian variant, with shades more greenish, was used in England for the supporting structures of the furniture. In both the United States and Europe it was used for the production of rustic and popular furniture.


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.


Walnut Veneer

Walnut Burl Veneer

Shear plate

Inlaid Wood

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