Early 19th Century Demi-Lune Side Cabinet
A very unusual amboyna veneered and coromandel cross-banded commode of diminutive proportions. With two drawers to the centre flanked by cupboards and raised on tapering legs with inverted anthemion mounts in gilt bronze.
The design and form of the present cabinet bears a strong English influence such as the neo-grec ebony inlay in the style of George Bullock , however the use of contrasting striped coromandel ebony against the large expanses of pale, highly-figured burr amboyna is decidedly Russian.
Under the patronage of Catherine the Great (1729-1796), the Scottish architect Charles Cameron (1745-1812) was responsible for introducing furniture designs to Russia that were often variants on the English models developed by his contemporary Robert Adam (1728-1792).