This compelling cabinet in scagliola features an architectural structure in veneered ebony, standing on legs composed of four legs in turned wood with a decor of spheres and an apron adorned with a scagliola plate in marble imitation framed by a giltwood Dutch moulding.
The cabinet stands on a moulded and engraved base, opening by two door leaves adorned with engraved motifs such as spandrels with acanthus leaves and flowers motifs framing two moulded panels with a decor of flowers in vases. The backs of the door leaves are also in scagliola with flowery vases framed by a false tortoiseshell moulding, adorned with spandrels and chiselled, openwork and gilt bronze plates.
Two-door leaves uncover the cabinet inside that opens with eight drawers and a central door leaf adorned with scagliola panels with a decor of flowery and foliage branches. All is again framed by a false tortoiseshell moulding and decorated with chiselled, openwork and gilt bronze handles.
There are two Corinthian columns in false jasper, framing a niche adorned with a sculpted shell and topped by two baluster vases in false tortoiseshell, flank on each side the central door leaf. It uncovers an inside with 24 small drawers entirely covered with an old marbling paper.
The entablature is made of a unique drawer decorated by four false drawers. The cabinet top opens by a moulded and engraved flap.
All ebony parts are decorated with engraved motifs of foliage and flowers framed by geometrical friezes.
Work realized in the 17th century, stand in blackened wood from the 19th century.
This cabinet was realized in scagliola, also called marble stucco, a technique of inlay imitating marble and pietra dura marquetry with selenite and pigments base. This technique was created at the beginning of the Seicento in Italy and became trendy because it was an effective substitute for the pietra dura marquetry, very fashionable in Florence, but much expensive.