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Box

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    about 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Walnut, veneered with ivory, bone and other woods

  • Museum number:

    2567:2-1856

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular casket with shallow domed, detachable lid, veneered on the exterior surfaces with geometrical patterns using wood, bone and ivory, except the bottom which is undecorated wood (to be checked). At each corner is a turned ivory double baluster spindle. Along the edges of the lid and plinth is a deep ogee moulding made of alternating sections of bone and a dark stained wood.

The joints of the casket are butted and glued. The small scale geometrical veneers are rod (or bundle) cut. The black and white mouldings were presumably composed in sections, then moulded using a moulding plane.

Condition
Two loose sections of moulded plinth

Place of Origin

Venice (possibly, made)

Date

about 1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Walnut, veneered with ivory, bone and other woods

Object history note

Bought for £4 . 16s. No further details are recorded as to how the Museum acquired this object.

Descriptive line

Ivory and coloured wood box; Venice (?); about 1500

Materials

Bone

Techniques

Marquetry

Categories

Containers; Woodwork; Medieval and renaissance

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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