Lot 42

CASSONE" BOX in walnut with inlaid light wood fillets with arabesque decoration and foliated scrolls. Rectangular in shape, it has three moulded compartments on the front. A lid closes the cassone in the shape of a moulded "square dome" underlined with geometrical friezes. It rests on four legs formed by lion heads. Florence, end of the 17th century
H: 111 - W: 237 - D: 87 cm
Cassone is the Italian term for a large chest traditionally offered to newlyweds on the occasion of their wedding day to contain their trousseau. In Italy, it was an essential piece of furniture until the end of the Renaissance, when it was gradually replaced by the chest of drawers. Florence was, as early as the 15th century, the largest centre of production.