Genoese Bambocci Commode


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An Italian carved walnut chest of drawers ‘a bambocci', Genoese, early 17th century, the rectangular top with molded edge above four rows of frieze drawers, the central one with two vines and demon mask flanking two short and above three long drawers each with two handles in the form of a cherub flanking a gilt bronze heraldic escutcheon, the stiles applied with carved figures, on lion paw feet.

Provenance: Ex. collection of Oscar Bach

Comparative literature: Alvar González-Palacios, Il Mobile in Liguria, Genoa, 1996, see p. 47, fig. 48, p. 50, fig. 52, for various similar examples of these chest of drawers `a bambocci'. Also see the same author, p. 51, fig. 53, for one with related bearded mask head-dresses, in the Ospedali Civili, Genoa. C. Steiner, Mobili e Ambienti Italiani dal gotico al floreale, Vol I, Milan, 1963, fig. 186, illustrates a related commode with similar mask handles and identical escutcheons in Castello Sforzesco, Milan-reproduced here in fig. 1. The same author, op. cit, fig. 189, also illustrates another very similar commode with figures on the stiles `a bambocci'.


Drawers relined

Height 44 inches
Width 51 inches
Depth 23.75 inches