19th c. Walnut Shop Counter from Italy

ORIGIN: Italy
AGE: 19th century
DIMENSIONS: 57.75” wide x 24.5” deep x 36.25” h
MATERIALS: Walnut and thick walnut veneers; brass hardware
CONDITION: Very good; restored; repairs to veneers; shows wear consistent with age and use; one drawer lock is missing; no keys present; drawers slide smoothly

Description

A rare find, this 19th century walnut store counter or "bancone" from Northern Italy features a dish top with a curved space for the shopkeeper to stand, rounded corners, paneled sides and thick decorative trims. Seven drawers with hefty brass hardware offer storage. The top shows the authentic wear of the many transactions that must have occurred across it. In addition to use as a shop counter, this piece would also be beautiful as a reception stand in a restaurant. The kneehole opening in back is 17.5” wide x 20.5” deep x 27.5” h.