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Cassone of polished walnut or 'chestnut' wood, inlaid with marquetry: terminal figures at the corners, in the center a shield of arms in relief, possibly those of Oreosti of Bologna and Gherardeschi of Bologna:
1st and 4th, an arm draped holding a bunch of flowers.
2nd and 3rd, paley of five or and azure.
The first coat has the arm and band reversed on the fourth quarter.
Height: 66 cm, Width: 182.5 cm including feet, Width: 172.5 cm top, Depth: 61.5 cm including feet, Depth: 56.5 cm top
Object history note
Bought for £10 10s. (No further information given in early catalogue).
On loan to Fitzwilliams Museum, Cambridge, 1991.
See R.P. 12/2665. M
The early register suggests that the arms are of the family of Mengolini of Faenza, and that the scene represented is of the infant God of Marriage in a litter accompanied by Cupids.
Furniture; Containers; Renaissance (Italian); Medieval and renaissance
Furniture and Woodwork Collection