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Chest of Drawers

Italian (Venice)
about 1735–40


Object Place: Europe, Venice, Italy

Dimensions

Overall: 86.4 x 167.6 x 76.2 cm (34 x 66 x 30 in.) Other (marble top greatest dimensions): 134.6 x 57.2 cm (53 x 22 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

25.76

Medium or Technique

Gilded pine, gilt metal, marble top

Out on Loan

On display at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, August 27, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

This chest’s exaggerated swelling shape and its carved decoration of asymmetrical scrolls are characteristic of Venetian rococo furniture of the mid-18th century. Venetian furniture of this period was typically painted with brightly-colored varnishes or gilded to match the overall scheme of the interior decoration.

Provenance

1925, bequest of Susan Greene Amory (Mrs. Franklin Gordon) Dexter (b. 1840 - d. 1924), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 24, 1925)

Credit Line

Bequest of Susan Greene Dexter in memory of Charles and Martha Babcock Amory