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Casket

Casket

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Poplar, decorated with moulded gesso, painted red and parcel gilt

  • Museum number:

    484&A-1899

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This object was bought in 1899 from Stefano Bardini, Italy's leading antique dealer of his day. It is decorated with a repetitive pattern of Fleur-de-lys on a blue background, the symbol of the Kings of France from about 1180. The joinery and use of poplar, a wood widely used in Italy, as well as the disitinctively shaped lid, indicate Italian workmanship between about 1350 and 1400. It may have originally belonged to either to a French courtier with Italian connections or an Italian banker who had links with the ruling dynasty of France.

Physical description

Casket with sloping lid of poplar, decorated in gesso with a diaper of gilded fleur-de-lys on a blue ground. It is fitted with an iron lock and key with a brass now and ring drop handle also of brass.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1400 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Poplar, decorated with moulded gesso, painted red and parcel gilt

Dimensions

Height: 12.3 cm, Width: 15.5 cm, Depth: 8.9 cm

Object history note

This object was acquired in 1899 from Stefano Bardini, Italy's leading Antique dealer of his day, for £5 - 5 - 0

Descriptive line

Poplar and gesso casket; Italy; ca. 1400

Materials

Poplar; Iron; Gesso

Techniques

Joining; Moulding; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Fleur-de-lys

Categories

Containers; Woodwork; Medieval and renaissance

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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