Walnut Trumeau Lombardo early '700
The term trumeau is well known to lovers of antiques and in particular to lovers of furniture of the eighteenth century, but perhaps not all people associate the French term with the precious piece of furniture that in Italy, sometimes, we call trumò. The trumeau, or trumò, is a piece of furniture that in its lower part is similar to a chest of drawers with raised, while in the upper part there are two precious doors, or more rarely one, which conceal shelves and small drawers. The original piece of furniture is therefore made up of two distinct bodies, separated from each other by a folding top, constituting a very happy combination of different pieces of furniture traditionally associated with different functions. The trumeau is, in fact, a piece of furniture that, with its presence alone, furnishes an elegant, sometimes discrete and in other Baroque cases, given the variability of the styles inspired by the eighteenth-century master cabinetmakers and the skilled craftsmen nowadays they reproduce the art.
This piece of furniture is a beautiful double body veneered in walnut briar, particular in its kind for several factors: an impressive but dynamic measure, large original mercury mirrors that give remarkable elegance and sparkle to the upper part of the cabinet, copious ebonized surfaces different between they are able to create dynamic games throughout the piece of furniture The piece of furniture in the lower part has a jagged / broken line and consists of three drawers plus a small one, architectural uprights with a diagonal slab with alternating light and dark woods. Immediately above the drawers there is a characteristic molded band entirely ebonized, unusual but often created for furniture of a certain importance. Going to the upper part of the cabinet, two herringbone veneered doors open the front completely, have a very thin perimeter giving therefore much space to the mirrors and thus creating an effect of upward momentum of the whole piece of furniture and of overall visual lightening , to increase this effect is also the absence of the uprights. The trumeau ends with an imposing wooden and ebonized cimasa of considerable size and elongated able to give harmony to all the furniture.
This is a Lombard trumeau in walnut, walnut briar and ebonized frames, measuring 280 x 125 x 60 cm, from the second half of the 18th century. The rough profile of the front is emphasized by a base that is lower than the upper part just molded that follows the perimeter and rests frontally on candle feet. In the lower body the black-dyed wood is found in the carved and molded uprights that underline the verticality furniture: in the lower and upper molded strips that close the rough front; in the frames that enclose them divide the three drawers and into the strips that follow the outline of the rectangular cartouches that surrounds the drawer. The slightly protruding band under the plan presents a triple very harmonic framing while on the folding wing that conceals six drawers and a secret, the decorative motif that in the divided risults drawer is composed of a single design.
The handles and the patches are in chiselled bronze In this trumeau with a particularly slender line the typically Lombard contrast between ebonized decorations and veneered walnut and walnut briar surfaces is more evident for the light shades of the latter that contrast with the ebony creating a balanced play of colors and warmth particularly appreciable in this type of furniture. The agile and slender shelf feet that join the low shaped frame enclosing the lower perimeter stand out in dark wood. We must admire of this marvelous trumeau its main characteristics: on the one hand its being mammoth and on the other its agile grace, thanks to a central and lateral move that gives full breadth to the whole piece of furniture. Also moved the drawers inside and the candle holder.
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