late 16th century
Sotheby's, New York, January 26 and 27, 2000, lot 148 ($17,000)
'Pokerwork' also known as pirografato was used to decorate furniture and caskets in Italy from the later 15th through the 17th century. The present lot is a fine example of this decorative motif and was particularly popular in central Italy during the later Renaissance. See Pietro Lorenzelli et al., Tra/e. Teche, pissidi, cofani e forzieri dall'Alto Medioevo al Barocco (exh.cat.), Bergamo, October - December 1984, fig. 247.
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