- Place of origin:
ca. 1650 (made)
- Materials and Techniques:
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This desk box is ornamented with hunting scenes and dates to around 1650. It was made in Italy, which is where straw marquetry is supposed to have originated within Europe.
Straw marquetry is a technique through which an object’s surface is decorated with small pieces of straw to create a pattern. Individual pieces of straw are split and flattened, then glued into place on thin paper on which a design had been drawn. This is then glued to a wooden carcase, which was usually covered first with a thicker paper. The maker could divide the straw into two, four or more strips, depending on the fineness needed for the design. Colour could be added to the surface with various varnishes, which also enhanced the glossy appearance of the marquetry.
Box of wood, decorated with designs in straw-work, partly stained.
The slightly sloping lid has in the middle the representation of a boar hunt, bordered by scrollwork terminating in winged demi-figures amid which are medallions containing hunting scenes and cherubs with dolphins. The falling front of the box has the view of a building with persons preparing for the chase, on the back and on each side are hunting scenes. The interior consists of two drawers with an open compartment above.
Place of Origin
ca. 1650 (made)
Materials and Techniques
Height: 6.25 in, Width: 11.25 in, Length: 16 in
Object history note
Bought by the owner in Venice.
Box, decorated with staw marquetry, Italian, c.1650
Labels and date
Desk Box ornamented with hunting scenes
Italian, about 1650
European straw-work is supposed to have originated in Italy; this box is very high quality, both in its design and execution.
[Date uncertain] 
Straw Marquetry; Household objects
Furniture and Woodwork Collection