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Italian, Venice - Desk with Two Side Cabinets (Scrivania con due mobili da appoggio), second half of the 18th century

Italian, Venice

Desk with Two Side Cabinets (Scrivania con due mobili da appoggio), second half of the 18th century

Painted walnut and pine

Commentary

Isabella Stewart Gardner used the Macknight Room as her personal study, and this was her desk. She kept a treasure trove of collectibles and memorabilia inside.This type of small desk with associated side cabinets was common amongst the furnishings of Italian country villas in the Veneto in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The delicate palette and diminutive size, suggest that it was made for a woman or child.Isabella's husband, Jack Gardner, purchased this desk for her in Venice on one of their many trips to the lagoon city.