Furniture form characterized by a undulating, central, convex (protruding) surface with concave ends. Reverse serpentine forms exhibit a concave center portion and convex edges. (See also arbalette.)
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Item No. 1185Exceptional, Venetian, Rococo period, Lacca Povera commode scriban
The rectangular top above the slant-front, opening to a writing surface with a central pigeonhole flanked by four short drawers, above the serpentine-fronted body with two long drawers, the paneled sides, raised on cabriole legs.
Lacca Povera (also known as "Lacca Contrafatta") was a form of art originating in Venice incorporating decoupage (the cutting out of figural or natural forms), which are adhered to a solid surface, painted and hand-engraved, and then covered with a layer of layer of lacquer.
50" wide by 43" high by 22¾" deep
Item No. 999Pair of very fine, Venetian, Rococo period tall-back armchairs
Each cartouche-shaped backrest with pierced foliate carved top rail, the downswept scrolled armrests, above the serpentine-fronted seat above a pierced apron, raised on cabriole legs with scrolled toes; upholstered à chassis. Circa 1730. Regilt.
48" tall (at back), 18½" tall (at seat) by 27" wide x 21½" deep
Item No. 851Fine, French, Louis XV period, giltwood chaise longue
The padded backrest with serpentine top rail continuing to padded wings, the shaped rails raised on cabriole legs; the whole carved with foliate scrolls, shell motifs and seed pods. Mid-18th century.
37½" high by 33½" wide by 76" long
Item No. 843Fine, French, Regence period, carved giltwood console
With veined pink marble serpentine-fronted top above a shell and foliate frieze on crosshatched and diagonal reeded ground, raised on foliate-carved double scroll cabriole legs terminating in "pied de sabots." Circa 1725.
30¼" high by 31½" wide by 17" deep