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Francesco Abbiati (Italian, active about 1780 - about 1800)




Mandello, Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy (Place Created)




Oak, walnut, and poplar veneered with purplewood, satinwood, ebony, and various fruitwoods

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77.8 × 84.5 × 87.5 cm (30 5/8 × 33 1/4 × 34 7/16 in.)

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Object Description

Designed for writing, this elaborately decorated table includes two drawers at the back and a pull-out writing surface backed with three small drawers. The top is inlaid with marquetry scenes of classical gods copied from antique sarcophagi. Favorite Neoclassical motifs such as palmettes, medallions, masks, and acanthus leaves adorn the table's border, sides, and the tops of the legs. The legs of the table inventively display male nudes as if they were three-dimensional, with each side showing a figure from a different angle.


Private Collection (Cleveland, Ohio), sold to Dalva Brothers, Inc.

- 1984

Dalva Brothers, Inc., American, founded 1933, dissolved 2020 (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.


"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 258, no. 254, ill.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 191, no. 324, ill.

González-Palacios, Alvar. Il gusto dei principi: Arte di corte del XVII e del XVIII secolo (Milan: Longanesi, 1993), vol. 1, pp. 352-53; vol. 2, pp. 318-24, nos. 629-40.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 210-11, no. 421, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), pp. 82-95, no. 7.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 310, ill.