A Giltwood Cassone
A Giltwood Cassone
A Giltwood Cassone
A Giltwood Cassone
A Giltwood Cassone
A Giltwood Cassone

A Giltwood Cassone

c. 1450 to c. 1470 England

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Cassone or marriage chest, having a hinged lid with raised central panel, acanthus and berry carved edge and Vitruvian scrolls, the top decorated with a crowded scene. The three painted panels unfortunately missing - which would have probably depicted episodes from classical or biblical history or mythology appropriate for the newly wed - now covered with red cloth, flanked by pairs of fluted Corinthian columns, the base with lotus leaf and egg and dart carving, raised on lion paw feet.

The term 'cassone' stands in Italian for chest and relates to large and ornate pieces of furniture made in Italy from the 14th to the end of the 16th centuries. They were generally made on the occasion of a relatively important wedding and contained the bride's trousseau. Painted Cassone went out of fashion towards the end of the 15th century when carved oaken chests came into vogue.
Reconstructed in the 19th century, therefore later structural elements throughout. Incorporates original carcass elements and probably lid, later gilding.
Bears the following labels:
Mrs Robert Benson, Walpole House, Chiswick.
Mr & Mrs F.D Brough, Bilton Hall, Alnmouth, Northumberland.
COMPARABLE LITERATURE:
The Blickling Hall Cassone, Norfolk.
Victoria & Albert Museum - Stock number: W.68-1925
Victoria & Albert Museum - Stock number: 7852-1862
Dimensions
Height 37.00 inch (93.98 cm)
Width 86.00 inch (218.44 cm)
Depth 28.00 inch (71.12 cm)
Stock Code
482H
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