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19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Commode or Chest of Drawers
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Important antique Italian Empire chest of drawers 1810s walnut wood. The commode is very refined linear and elegant. On the front two decorative pilasters. The walnut wood has a beau...
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Antique 1810s Italian Empire Dressers

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Walnut

Italian Mid-Century Modern Empire Style Mahogany Cabinet with Door, 1850s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern empire style mahogany cabinet with door, 1850s Empire style mahogany cabinet with winged columns, drawer and hinged door. Perfect condition, completely...
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Antique 1850s Italian Empire Cabinets

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Mahogany

A Lovely Italian Empire Neo-Classic Fruitwood Sideboard Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Italian Empire Neo-classic (19th Cent) fruitwood sideboard cabinet with a marble top over two doors flanked by columns with canted sides
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Antique 19th Century Italian Empire Sideboards

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Marble

French 19th Century 1st Empire Cabinet
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A very handsome and high quality French early 19th century 1st Empire crouch mahogany and fire gilt ormolu cabinet, circa 1805. This impressive architectural cabinet is raised on a s...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Cabinets

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Ormolu

  • French 19th Century 1st Empire Cabinet
  • French 19th Century 1st Empire Cabinet
  • French 19th Century 1st Empire Cabinet
  • French 19th Century 1st Empire Cabinet
H 119 in. W 71.25 in. D 21.25 in.
Period Empire Italian Commode
Located in New Orleans, LA
Exceptional Empire walnut commode with neoclassical giltwood carved appliques.
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • Period Empire Italian Commode
  • Period Empire Italian Commode
  • Period Empire Italian Commode
  • Period Empire Italian Commode
H 35 in. W 48.5 in. D 22.5 in.
Italian Empire Neoclassical Walnut and Parcel-Gilt Secretary
Located in New York, NY
Italian Empire neoclassical walnut and parcel-gilt secretary Handsome masculine Empire campaign desk on stand with pivoting dressing mirror below balustraded cornice with ball finial...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Secretaires

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Mirror, Giltwood, Walnut

Biedermeier Style Empire Sideboard Credenza Cabinet by Francesco Molon
By Francesco Molon
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Francesco Molon ornately inlaid Italian neoclassical style or Empire credenza buffet cabinet. The mix of blonde honey colored burled wood and ebonized inlay is reminiscent of Biederm...
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1990s Italian Neoclassical Sideboards

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Wood

Empire Style Drop-Leaf Secretaire Walnut, Italy, 19th Century
Located in Milano, IT
Supported by 4 plinth shaped feet, 3 frontal drawers of which the upper on is smaller. A folding door hides a central open compartment with lateral drawers. Walnut.
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Secretaires

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Empire Writing Table in Mahogany with Marquetry
Located in Miami, FL
A handsome Italian Empire desk or sofa table in mahogany with fold-down leaves, and resting over trestle base with splayed legs ending in carved lions' paw feet. Offers one drawer de...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Desks

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Mahogany, Satinwood

Antique 1820 Italy Column Pillar Pedestal Painted Wood Storage Cabinet
Located in Munich, DE
This elegant and unusual Italien painted beech wood cabinet has retained it's original painted decoration. This extravagant piece of furniture shows all the characteristics of late ...
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Antique 1820s Italian Empire Cupboards

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Beech

Second Empire-Style, Italian Commode
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Handsome, two-door, burl veneered commode surmounted by a single drawer above. The face is framed by ebonized, parcel gilt pillars and features striking, relief carved, giltwood lio...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Burl, Wood, Wood

  • Second Empire-Style, Italian Commode
  • Second Empire-Style, Italian Commode
  • Second Empire-Style, Italian Commode
  • Second Empire-Style, Italian Commode
H 39.5 in. W 55.5 in. D 27 in.
Italian Empire Perspective Marquetry Commode, Circle of Giuseppe Maffezzoli
By Giovanni Battista Maffezzoli
Located in Troy, NY
The Commode of Rare Classical Neoclassical Form, with a beautiful warm color is a wonderful example of perspective marquetry, in the tradition of Giuseppe Maggiolini and his pupil Gi...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

18th Century Italian Empire Walnut Commode from Lucca
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare 18th century walnut Italian Empire commode from Lucca. Beautiful wood grain along with bronze hardware. The piece has a very fine marble top as well. Exceptional!
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Italian Empire Walnut Chest of Drawers, 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
A large-scale Italian Empire period three drawer chest with figural walnut veneers, and having original gilt bronze hardware. Excellent antique condition with some recent restoration...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Empire Style Green Marble-Top Console Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
Burl veneered case with green marble or verde-antico. Large buffet in the Italian taste, having an inset top, single frieze drawer with ormolu mounts, supported by marble columns, th...
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Vintage 1920s Italian Empire Buffets

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Marble

  • Empire Style Green Marble-Top Console Table
  • Empire Style Green Marble-Top Console Table
  • Empire Style Green Marble-Top Console Table
  • Empire Style Green Marble-Top Console Table
H 42.5 in. W 56.75 in. D 21.5 in.
Pair of Early 19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Commodes
Located in Atlanta, GA
The pair of early 19th century Italian Empire commodes in figure walnut featuring brass inlay and mounts, ebonized columns flanking 3 drawers with brass pulls. All resting on square ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

1950s Italy Empire Bar Buffet, Servant Sideboard, Designer Munari, Padova
By Federico Munari
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Elegant bar sideboard in walnut with maple interiors. Designed and produced by Munari of Padua; with internal glass shelf and two drawers, all in vitrified and inlaid maple wood fini...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Directoire Sideboards

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Maple, Walnut

19th Century Italian Empire Wood Walnut Emilia Chest of Drawers, 1805s
Located in Roma, RM
Chest of drawers with six drawers, Italy region Emilia, First Empire, circa 1805, walnut veneer. Contemporary bronzes, original handles, only the four legs have been badly restored a...
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Pair of Large Early 19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Commodes
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of large early 19th century Italian Empire walnut commodes with ebonized columns, bronze doré hardware, and three drawers.
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Italian Empire Period Walnut & Giltwood Marble Top 3-Drawer Commode, 1stq 19thc
Located in Atlanta, GA
From the Italian Region of Tuscany and having a fittingly Carrara marble top this commode features a top drawer supported by solid walnut columns with gilded Corinthian capitals and ...
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Antique 1810s Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Italian 1820s Empire Period Walnut Three-Drawer Commode with Ebonized Columns
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian Empire walnut three-drawer commode from the early 19th century, with ebonized columns and saber feet. Born in Italy during the early years of the 19th century, this Italia...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Walnut

Empire 19th Century Mahogany Writing Desk, Center Bureau
Located in CH
Unique Empire Writing Desk in ultimate, perfect condition.  
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Antique 19th Century Italian Empire Desks

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Mahogany

Pair of Italian Early 19th Century, circa 1810, First Empire Period Vitrines
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A spectacular and rare pair of Italian early 19th century, circa 1810, First Empire Period vitrines. Each crouch mahogany vitrine is raised on bun feet below two sets of double cabin...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Vitrines

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Glass, Mahogany

Empire Dresser by Giannella Ventura
By Inedito
Located in Milan, IT
Stunning on its own or displayed together with its matching nightstand, this dresser exudes elegant modernity. Brass-finished metal details grace its dark grey-lacquered silhouette t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Dressers

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Metal

  • Empire Dresser by Giannella Ventura
  • Empire Dresser by Giannella Ventura
  • Empire Dresser by Giannella Ventura
  • Empire Dresser by Giannella Ventura
H 33.47 in. W 55.12 in. D 21.66 in.
Empire Sideboard by Giannella Ventura
By Inedito
Located in Milan, IT
The lavish yet sophisticated flair characterizing this sideboard makes it perfect to be a versatile furniture piece. Sitting atop a brass-finished, light metal base, its wooden silho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sideboards

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Metal

  • Empire Sideboard by Giannella Ventura
  • Empire Sideboard by Giannella Ventura
  • Empire Sideboard by Giannella Ventura
  • Empire Sideboard by Giannella Ventura
H 34.26 in. W 22.05 in. D 95.67 in.
Mahogany Empire Style Small Chest of Drawers Commode
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A Classic mahogany Empire small commode having ebonized columns and handsome brass hardware including decorative escuchteon. 3 drawers, no key, top drawer pulls out by hand.  
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Vintage 1980s Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Italian, Lucchese, Large Larice and Ebonized Étagère Console, circa 1820-1830
Located in Atlanta, GA
This incredibly impressive piece of furniture likely from an important home, the imposing size evident of its place among like objects when purchased, constructed of larice, and upla...
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Antique 1820s Italian Empire Credenzas

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Pine

Italian Painted Enfilade Buffet With Diamond Detail, 19th Century
Located in Wichita, KS
Beautiful painted buffet enfilade from the 19th century Italy. The cabinet has original painting in cream, white and dark gray black. The hardware is original and the cabinet has wor...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Empire Buffets

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Wood

Italian Mahogany and Bronze Late Empire Chest of Drawers with White Marble Top
Located in Firenze, IT
This wonderful Tuscan mahogany low commode features four spacious drawers, two small drawers on top over two long drawers on the bottom with working locks and keys. The oval shaped o...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Dr...

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Marble, Bronze

Pr Italian Empire Walnut & Giltwood Pedestal Cabinets, Estate of Gianni Versace
Located in Hollywood, FL
The Marmo Negro marble atop a pedestal cabinet with a door, sitting on a square cabinet base, with a door, all with bronze lion pull handles Provenance- the estate of Gianni Versace...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Pedestals and Columns

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Walnut

Early 19th Century Italian Hall Stand with Mirror
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Early 19th century Italian hall stand with mirror. Mirror measure: 46" wide x 33.75" high x 5.25" deep. Stand measure: 68" wide x 44.5" high x 25" deep.
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Shelves

Italian 1800s Empire Walnut Cabinet with Ebonized Columns and Diamond Motif
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian Empire period walnut cabinet from the early 19th century, with black and gold accents and diamond motifs. Created in Italy during the early years of the 19th century, this...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Night Stands

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Walnut, Wood

Empire Style Sideboard with Roman Carved Wood Scene, Early 20th Century
Located in CH
Empire style sideboard with Roman carved wood scene, early 20th century Measures: 93 cm high, 215 cm long, 55 cm deep.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Wood

Italian antique wood chest of drawers, 1800s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian antique wood chest of drawers, 1800s Chest of drawers in wood with drawers with bronze friezes Empire period. good condition 59x123x90h cm
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

  • Italian antique wood chest of drawers, 1800s
  • Italian antique wood chest of drawers, 1800s
  • Italian antique wood chest of drawers, 1800s
  • Italian antique wood chest of drawers, 1800s
H 35.44 in. W 48.43 in. D 23.23 in.
19th Century Neoclassical Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Wonderful French 19th century 3-drawer chest. Neoclassical Empire Revival with forest green marble top.  
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass, Bronze

Italian Empire Style Mahogany Cabinet
Located in Charleston, SC
Italian mahogany cabinet with green marble top, gilt-bronze neoclassical mounts and detailing. Interior drawer is silk-lined, and cabinet below is felt-lined, contains shelf, and lo...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Cabinets

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Bronze

  • Italian Empire Style Mahogany Cabinet
  • Italian Empire Style Mahogany Cabinet
  • Italian Empire Style Mahogany Cabinet
  • Italian Empire Style Mahogany Cabinet
H 39 in. W 49 in. D 19 in.
Cabinet Empire Style Mahogany, Italy, 20th Century
Located in Milano, IT
Cabinet with two doors, uprights with half columns with capitals and turned feet. Embellished with gilded bronze friezes and frames. Manufactured in Italy, 20th century.
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20th Century Italian Empire Revival Cabinets

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Mahogany

  • Cabinet Empire Style Mahogany, Italy, 20th Century
  • Cabinet Empire Style Mahogany, Italy, 20th Century
  • Cabinet Empire Style Mahogany, Italy, 20th Century
  • Cabinet Empire Style Mahogany, Italy, 20th Century
H 71.66 in. W 34.85 in. D 24.41 in.
19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Wood Two Doors Cabinet
Located in Milano, IT
Two doors cabinet, made out of walnut wood, circa 1830s. It comes in its original patina and original hardware. It is from Italy, from Veneto region. Internally it features adjustabl...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Cabinets

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Walnut

Late Empire Walnut and Ebonized Cabinet Chest
Located in Antwerp, BE
Unusual walnut and ebonized cabinet chest, in the late Empire taste. With ebonized mouldings of fan form to the front, the mottled red and white marble top above a pair of cupboar...
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Antique 1890s Italian Empire Cabinets

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Marble

  • Late Empire Walnut and Ebonized Cabinet Chest
  • Late Empire Walnut and Ebonized Cabinet Chest
  • Late Empire Walnut and Ebonized Cabinet Chest
  • Late Empire Walnut and Ebonized Cabinet Chest
H 55.12 in. W 39.38 in. D 16.54 in.
A Rare Pair of First Empire Fine Quality Italian Cabinets.
Located in Middleburg, VA
A Rare Pair of First Empire Fine Quality Italian Cabinets. Made of deeply patinated Circassian walnut, with two drawers over two paneled doors and rounded corners. Each with conformi...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Cabinets

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Marble

Olivewood Cabinet in Empire Taste
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Cabinet, in beautiful patterned olivewood with brass stringing, having arched glass doors on a base with two drawers over double doors.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Cabinets

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Wood, Glass

  • Olivewood Cabinet in Empire Taste
  • Olivewood Cabinet in Empire Taste
  • Olivewood Cabinet in Empire Taste
  • Olivewood Cabinet in Empire Taste
H 86.5 in. W 47.5 in. D 19.25 in.
Italian Painted Miniature Cabinet
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Nice Italian painted miniature cabinet.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Empire Cabinets

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Paint, Wood

  • Italian Painted Miniature Cabinet
  • Italian Painted Miniature Cabinet
  • Italian Painted Miniature Cabinet
  • Italian Painted Miniature Cabinet
H 20.5 in. W 17 in. D 12 in.
Pair of Italian Empire commodes
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Pair of walnut two door commodes on hoof feet, painted green and gold. Genoa, Italy circa 1880
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Antique 19th Century Italian Cabinets

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Walnut

Large Sized Italian, Round Edges, Empire, Dismountable Cabinet
Located in Milano, IT
Large sized Empire wardrobe (360 cm wide), beginning of the 19th century, North Italy, Veneto. The body and the four doors are entirely made in pinewood and originally finished in y...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Italian TV cabinet in Walnut and Walnut Veneer Wax Polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
circa 1960 Italian console entrance o TV cabinet , Empire style, in walnut and walnut veneer polished to wax Measure cm: H 80 W 90 D 40
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Mid-20th Century Empire Cabinets

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Secretaire with Gilded Bronze
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Beautiful important antique Italian empire secretaire. On the front two imposing columns typical of this style with finely chiseled gilt bronze capitals. The gilded bronze makes this...
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Empire Secretaires

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Walnut

Pair of Italian Empire Walnut Commodes
Located in Chulmleigh, Devon
Pair of Italian Empire walnut commodes, a fabulous pair. Wonderful matched timbers throughout in very good condition. We have polished these and put them back to how they would have ...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • Pair of Italian Empire Walnut Commodes
  • Pair of Italian Empire Walnut Commodes
  • Pair of Italian Empire Walnut Commodes
  • Pair of Italian Empire Walnut Commodes
H 37.01 in. W 57.09 in. D 23.63 in.
19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Commode or Chest of Drawers
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Important antique Italian Empire chest of drawers 1810s walnut wood. The commode is very refined linear and elegant. On the front two decorative pilasters. The walnut wood has a beau...
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Antique 1810s Italian Empire Dressers

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Empire Cherrywood Sideboard or Buffet, 1820s
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique double body sideboard first half of 1800 sec. XIX in solid cherrywood of a beautiful ancient patina! Italian sideboard from the Piedmontese line full Empire era with full ebo...
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Antique 1850s Italian Empire Sideboards

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Cherry

Italian 19th Century Empire Walnut Wood Two-Door Credenza
Located in Milano, IT
Italian 19th century Empire walnut wood two-door credenza. Rounded edges and black legs. From Veneto, a north region of Italy from early 19th century. The sideboard features two door...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Credenzas

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Center Cylinder Bureau Desk
Located in Milan, IT
An early 19th century Empire walnut bureau of Italian origin. A cylinder front, opening to reveal an arrangement of small drawers and compartments, below a pull-out writing leaf, a l...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Desks

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Wood Commode or Chest of Drawer
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Important antique Italian chest of drawers 1880s in fir wood. The commode is very refined linear and elegant. On the front three large drawers with two black columns at the sides enr...
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Empire Dressers

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Wardrobe or Armoire
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Rare and important antique wardrobe in solid walnut made in 1800s. The line typical Empire with large ebonized columns on the front. The solid walnut panels have a squared motif. Bea...
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Empire Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Massive Italian Late Empire Walnut and Ebonized Libreria, 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
the upper portion with extended cornice and having two doors with glass panes flanked by ebonized columns, and interior shelving, the lower section housing two drawers over two doors...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Empire Bookcases

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Brass

19th Century Lombard Italian Empire Wood Walnut Secretaire with Marble, 1810
Located in Roma, RM
Rare example of Secretaire Lombard Empire, walnut structure, walnut veneer, gold metal applications, first quarter of the nineteenth century There are three secrets of the mobile th...
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Empire Secretaires

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Walnut

Italian Empire Period Mahogany and Brass Mounted Credenza, Early 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Having a rectangular top with rounded front corners above a conforming case housing three drawers above two doors, interesting with six shaped feet. brass mounts at middler drawer, l...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Credenzas

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Mahogany

Large 19th Century Empire Walnut Bookcase, Italian Two-Tier Bibliothéque
Located in Milan, IT
An extraordinary rare walnut bookcase, a two-tier monumental bibliothéque dating back to Empire period and coming from a private Lombard house but it was originally a furniture in a ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Bookcases

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Metal, Bronze

A Handsome Pair of Italian Empire Walnut Bedside Commodes
Located in San Francisco, CA
A handsome pair of Italian empire walnut bedside commodes; each with a single drawer over a hinged door flanked by ebonized columns with giltwood bases and capitals; raised on splaye...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Commode or Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Important antique Italian Empire chest of drawers 1810s walnut wood. The commode is very refined linear and elegant. On the front two decorative pilasters. The walnut wood has a beau...
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Antique 1810s Italian Empire Dressers

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Marble

19th Century Italian Light Mahogany Cabinet Folding Door Secretaire Desk
Located in Milano, IT
19th century Italian light mahogany cabinet folding door secretaire desk Light mahogany cabinet secretaire from Empire period from Veneto Region, Italy. It features a folding door...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Secretaires

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Mahogany

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Italian Cabinet Empire For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the Italian cabinet empire you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, walnut and metal, every Italian cabinet empire was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for an Italian cabinet empire, we have 30 options in-stock, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer Italian cabinet empire, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. An Italian cabinet empire, designed in the Empire, Modern or Mid-Century Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made Italian cabinet empire over the years, but those crafted by Inedito and Federico Munari are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is an Italian Cabinet Empire?

Prices for an Italian cabinet empire can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1,580 and can go as high as $95,000, while the average can fetch as much as $6,635.

Finding the Right Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets for You

Dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.