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About the object

Comprehensively Decorated with Pokerwork Birds, Figures Scrolling Floral and Foliate Motifs
The Underside of the Top with Naïve Penwork Panels depicting a Lion and a Leopard
Solid Cypress Wood with Original Poker and Penwork Decoration
Italian, Venice Region, c.1640


Provenance: Rosalind, Countess of Carlisle, Castle Howard, 
(retaining historic pen and ink inventory number to the interior).

 

Dimensions

70cms high x 185cms wide x 56.8cms deep

Condition report

A fine early Italian Cassone with comprehensive poker work decoration to the solid cypress wood, dovetailed carcass with a plain single plank top, of delightful slender proportions and rich patina. The chest is in good overall condition, with an exceptional rich honey colour to the top and original surface throughout. The top is now hinged with large period decorative strap hinges, with evidence of the original wire pin hinge housings visible. There is a patch to the back corner of the inside and the delightfully bold turned bun feet are probably early C18th replacements, fitted at the same time as the strap hinges. The inside of the single plank rising top is fluently decorated with a pair of graphic naïve panels depicting a Lion and a Leopard, flanking a cartouche; the front is decorated in fine quality pokerwork with penwork details in the Alto Adige tradition, with birds figures, scrolling leaves and flowers. The external mouldings around the panels are restored, the lock plate is lacking and has been patched with a pokerwork fragment and there are two other small repair patches to the panels. But the quality and overall condition are excellent, this chest has close similarities to another Italian Cassone held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, (Coll. N0. 254;2-1906) also fashioned from cypress wood and with closely similar decoration, dated to c.1600.

Stock number

8231