Italian Cassone Wedding Chest
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Italian Cassone Wedding Chest

Italy
17th Century

Walnut
Cm 92 high  x  175 wide  x  70 deep

The cassone (plural "cassoni") was a large decorated wooden chest, primarily made in Italy. Cassoni were traditionally given to a bride by her parents, and were often placed at the foot of her bed. This 17th century example is in dark wood with a rich patina, and decorated with a variety of detailed vegetal and classical motifs. In the center front panel is a rather stern looking carving of a man's head. The hinges and hardware are wrought iron. The lock mechanism is still functional and the key is included.

 

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