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Coffer front

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1550-1599 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Coffer front of walnut, carved with three oblong compartments surrounded by a border of wavy steems bearing leaves and berries; the centre compartment is occupied with floral scrollwork on either side of a scrolled shield, bearing a lion rampant holding a pair of compasses; the two side compartments are each similarly ornamented with floral scrolls and a large scrolled cartouche containing an oval boss.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1550-1599 (made)

Object history note

Bought for £1, 18s. ‘Much wormeaten and worn’.

Descriptive line

walnut; Italian, 1550-1599


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


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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