Pietro Piffetti ( 1701 - 1777 )
The Pietro Piffetti personal bombe' commode. Now in a private collection in Manhattan.
A highly important Turinese commode executed around 1760 by the Savoy Royal Cabinet Maker (Ebanista di Sua Maestà), for his personal collection, with ormolumounted lion mask handles attributed to Francesco Ladatte (1706-1787) probably originally collocated in Piffetti’s apartment at the Turin University of Ebanisti e Minusieri. It was the third (N.3) of fourteen works of art by Piffetti in a lottery that took place in November 1779 in Turin, following his death. It was originally part of a pair. In the 1779 lottery there were also the fantastic mother of pearl casket on stand in Victoria and Albert Museum (n.W.34-1946), the 14th and the last lot of the same lottery and quite probably the little commode (also part of a pair), a music table now in a private collection in Genoa and the big cabinet now in Accorsi Museum (they were nos. 14,12, 4 and 6 in the lottery). Burr walnut, boxwood and ebony marquetry with gilt bronze mounts.
Height: 32,6 in. (83 cm)
Width: 49,2 in. (125 cm)
Depth: 22,4 in. (57 cm)