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Cassone

  • Date:

    1500-1600 (made)

  • Museum number:

    4357:1-1857

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

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.

Date

1500-1600 (made)

Dimensions

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.

Categories

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

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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