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Just purchased an extraordinary piece of furniture that I believe dates to 18th century, possibly a bit earlier. I bought it really for the carving work (see photos), but I'm puzzled as to what, exactly, it is. I thought possibly it's a dresser top cut down, but then it seems impractical to get stuff in an out. Ignore the modern items placed in there for display. The added bonus is that the back is lined with 18th century (or earlier) fabric, which though faded, has hips/crab-apples. This one is a genuine puzzler. Never seen anything quite like it. Thoughts/comments much appreciated.
Sorry for delay replying - on business now in Austria, Ireland, then back to Japan in a week. Agree with what you say about the quadrifoglio decoration. Curious indeed.
I found some examples to share, although I know they are not spot on.
Thank you Molly. I am learning a lot from all these examples!