A good late 16th Century Venetian carved cedar cassone
Lot 789
A good late 16th Century Venetian carved cedar cassone
Sold for £4,440 (US$ 7,255) inc. premium

Lot Details
A good late 16th Century Venetian carved cedar cassone A good late 16th Century Venetian carved cedar cassone A good late 16th Century Venetian carved cedar cassone A good late 16th Century Venetian carved cedar cassone A good late 16th Century Venetian carved cedar cassone
A good late 16th Century Venetian carved cedar cassone
the rectangular hinged top opening to reveal a pen work decorated underside with angels playing lutes with architectural motifs, the front panel decorated in poker work with various carved biblical scenes including a man mounted upon an elephant, an execution scene and a monarch in a battle tent, all framed within further architectural motifs and various clashing beasts, raised on a moulded plinth base, 171cm wide x 56cm deep x 64cm high, (67" wide x 22" deep x 25" high)

Footnotes

  • Cedar lends itself well as a preventative material to insect infestation, making these chests ideal for the transportation and storage of textiles. This was noted by John Houghton who reported in 1727 that such chests "resist the worm and the moth, all putrefaction to eternity... nothing outlasts it, or can be more beautiful, especially than the roots of the wilder sort, incomparable for its crisped undulations."
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