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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Museum number:


  • 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)


ca. 1400 (made)



Materials and Techniques

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


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


Poplar; Iron; Gesso


Joining; Moulding; Gilding

Subjects depicted



Containers; Woodwork; Medieval and renaissance

Production Type



Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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