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Chest front

  • Date:

    1500-1550 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved walnut

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Carved with a shield in the centre (flanked by grotesque dragons and birds that are bent over backwards, on either side of which is a design of scrolling acanthus with birds and masks within a wide guilloche border. The background is punched.

A single board with four mitred mouldings nailed to the front which conceal the dovetails (x9 at each end), which are a crude form of framing presumably added to make the detached panel into an independent object. The panel has become slightly warped, and has three splits.

The reverse shows moderate scrub plane marks. It has a crudely cut lock mortise with remnants of nails. The wormeaten lower edge has nails indicating that the chest bottom was nailed up into the main boards.


1500-1550 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved walnut


Height: 44.8 cm, Width: 163.8 cm, Thickness: 3 cm

Object history note

Bought for £3, 10s. from Mr. J.C. Robinson (contact V&A registry for further details).

Historical context note

Comparable chests
Ferenc Batári, and Erzsébet Vadászi ; edited by Elvira Király : Art of furniture-making from the Gothic to the Biedermeier: European Furniture from the 15th to the 19th Century in the Nagytétény
Castle Museum ([Budapest : Museum of Applied Arts], 2002.), no.3 p.25

Descriptive line

walnut; Italian, 1500-1550, carved


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


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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