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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    walnut, holly, inlay

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Coffer of carved walnut inlaid with holly. In in middle of the moulded lid is a raised panel inlaid with a leafy device. The front panel of the coffer is inlaid with a cartouche amid floral scrollwork and each of the side panels with a circle enclosing a rosette; below each panel is a band of gadroons. The front angles are carved with acanthus leafage. Each of the four feet is in the shape of a lion’s paw. The inside is lined with ornamental green velvet.

The back apparently oak (a single plank).
Right side moulding missing from lid.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


16th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

walnut, holly, inlay

Object history note

Bought for £13 17s.6d 'wormeaten, worn, chipped'.

Historical context note

Comparable chests
Walnut chest with added lock; 'perhaps in part Italian, 1500-1600'. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford WA 1937.86 Presented by Mr and Mrs Edmund Houghton

Descriptive line

Walnut with inlay of pale wood, Italian c1550


Walnut; Holly




Containers; Woodwork; Medieval and renaissance; Furniture; Renaissance (Italian)


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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