An Italian 16th century walnut, ebony and fruitwood "alla certosina" type marquetry chest
Lot 11
An Italian 16th century walnut, ebony and fruitwood "alla certosina" type marquetry chest
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,593) inc. premium
Lot Details
An Italian 16th century walnut, ebony and fruitwood "alla certosina" type marquetry chest
inlaid overall with "alla certosina" formal geometric patterns and architectural landscapes, the hinged top with a backgammon and a chess board, the front centred by a heraldic shield and with a continuous border of archtictural motifs to the base, on a later moulded plinth and block feet, the inlaid chessboard possibly of a later date, 130cm wide, 46.5cm deep, 53cm high (51" wide, 18" deep, 20.5" high).

Footnotes

  • A similar chest sold Christie's Amsterdam, 1 April 2008, lot 48 and another related 16th century example is recorded in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (see F. Schittmüller, Wohnungskultur und Möbel der Italienishen Renaissance, Stuttgart, 1921, p. 43, fig. 88). Further related cassoni include one in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (see Italian Cassoni from the Art Collections of Soviet Museums, Leningrad, 1983, pl. 133), and another in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (see Victoria & Albert Museum, Fifty Masterpieces of Woodwork, London, 1955, pl. 10).
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