An italian masterpiece by Tommaso Pezzoni
It is challenging to choose whether to keep this fine Secretaire open or closed because decorations and shapes are astonishing in both cases.
It has a fantastic frieze drawer above a fall profusely inlaid with an architectural interior, figures and a dog enclosing a fitted interior of pigeon holes, drawers and several secret compartments flanked by acanthus-leaf inlaid columns above a plan drawer and two additional drawers flanked by scrolled corbels on parcel gilt lion paws on block feet.
The secretaire is attributed to the inlayer and cabinet maker Tommaso Pezzoni, active in Piacenza from the end of the eighteenth century to about 1879. He probably trained in the school of Giovanni Maffezzoli’s workshop, from which he learned the taste of decorating the surfaces of the furniture with elaborate panels depicting scenographic interior views.
The style of the furniture made by Pezzoni takes up a late elaboration of the Empire style as it is possible to see in our secretariat.