A rare Piedmontese marquetry writing table, mid 18th Century.

In the manner of Pietro Pifetti (1701-1777).

The writing table is of serpentine form, with a drawer in the frieze above a recessed cupboard, flanked by two deep drawers.

These are inset with marquetry panels from an Augsburg cabinet, circa 1600.

Raised on cabriole legs, 128cm wide.

Pietro Pifetti was born in Turin, the son of an innkeeper and grandson of a carpenter.

In 1731, on July 13th, he was appointed court ébéniste to Charles Emanuel III, King of Sardinia and continued to work in Turin until his death in 1777.

In time he would come to be regarded as the preeminent cabinet maker in 18th Century Italy.


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