A large early 18th century north Italian inlay' data-content='Decorative patterns inserted into the main body of a piece of furniture, generally in wood of contrasting colour and grain, though brass, ivory, ebony, shell and sometimes horn have been used. Inlay may consist of a panel of well figured timber inset into a cabinet door front, geometric patterns, or complex and stylized designs of flowers, swags of foliage, fruits and other motifs. As a general rule, in pieces where the carcase is constructed in the solid, the inlay is relatively simple such as stringing, cross banding and herringbone banding. Where more elaborate and decorative work was required veneer was used. Inlay has been fashionable from at least the latter half of the 17th century, when a variety of elaborate forms were developed'>inlaid walnut commode, the rectangular top with moulded edge above four long drawers with raised geometric panels each with line inlay and banding, the sides with large raised panels with satinwood star decoration, raised on carved bracket feet. Width 149 cm. Depth 67 cm. Height 112 cm. provenance: a private Collection, Northern Italy.
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