In French, the word trumeau defines the central pillar of a portal in a gothic architecture, but it also indicates, more generically, the wall space between two windows; after the 18th Century: the mirror hung in the corresponding space.
From this meaning, the term goes to define a widespread furniture typical of the 18th century, consisting of a chest of drawers with a high top, closed by two doors, often with glass or mirrors, and a folding surface, within which there are niches and drawers.
In the 1950’s the Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver Piero Fornasetti worked with architect and designer Gio Ponti to produce a number of Piero Fornasetti worked with architect and designer Gio Ponti to produce a number of trumaux. The objects were decorated with Fornasetti drawings inspired by 17th- and 18th-century prints.
The small scale of this one desk/drawer (see photos below), coupled with drawings of Gothic, Renaissance and Neoclassic spaces, turns the furniture into an architecture at the scale of a Victorian dolls’ house, with trompe l’oeuil effects and many movable and foldable parts.