PAIR OF VENETIAN STYLE OCHRE JAPANNED BOOKCASES
With original decorated surface; likely Italian, circa 1920-40s
Item # 709HLI15P
With gorgeous worn surfaces throughout, this pair of bookcases are an incredibly effective design statement that brings a touch of historical surface depth and fine artistry to an interior. The ochre grounded surface is japanned with intricate scenes of birds, trees, gardens and figures along tailored nature paths. A more recent red painted interior allows for a delightful pop of color, both with two adjustable shelves in the upper and one adjustable shelf inside of the cabinet all along a notch-slatted system - the red of the interior coordinates perfectly with the touch of red along the garden paths depicted in the doors below. It was likely designed and crafted in Italy during the second quarter of the 19th century, perhaps circa 1920-40s. They are an unusual pair of bookcases that have such a thin profile that they become an integral part of the room’s design without in any way dominating it.
Measurements: 23 1/2” W x 10 5/8” D x 84 5/8” H
Extensive surface wear and losses as expected. Veneer losses throughout, including the corners of the doors, the upper and lower edges of the sides of both bookcases and elsewhere. Retains one original key. Red surface is refreshed, probably in the last decade. Sturdy and strong.