A MAGNIFICENT BRASS-MOUNTED PIETRA DURA, EBONY AND EBONISED CABINET-ON-STAND, SOUTH GERMAN OR DUTCH, CIRCA 1650-80, THE PIETRA DURA PANELS FLORENTINE, MID 17TH CENTURY.
Inset overall with paired Florentine pietra dura panelled drawers depicting parrots and fruits on a pale Alberese limestone ground. The central door inlaid with an alabastro vase of flowers, flanked by breccia di Francia columns with gilt-bronze Corinthian capitals flanking a broken pediment centred by a demi-lune panel of a bear and a monkey, the stiles applied with ribbon-tied repoussé festoons of flowers and fruit, the sides with fielded panels. The lower frieze drawer panels depicting two dogs and a bear and various fruits, flanked by repoussé lion masks. The later stand with spiral twist columns linked by a moulded stretcher on bun feet.
87.5 in. (222 cm.) high; 62 in. (157 cm.) wide; 23.75 in. (60 cm.) deep.