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A North Italian bone inlaid `alla certosina' walnut cassone, probably Venice
late 15th/early 16th century
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363
A North Italian bone inlaid `alla certosina' walnut cassone, probably Venice
late 15th/early 16th century
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A North Italian bone inlaid `alla certosina' walnut cassone, probably Venice
late 15th/early 16th century
with a bronze handle on each side, with a fitted interior with six small drawers, two hinged flaps enclosing a recess and a further sliding lid enclosing a recess, inlaid on the back to form a centrepiece
34cm. high, 81cm. wide, 50cm. deep; 1ft.1½in., 2ft.8in., 1ft.8in.
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Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
A. González-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, La Toscana e l'Italia Settentrionale, Milan, 1986, Vol. I, p. 331, fig. 702, illustrates a cassone in this technique in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, attributed to Venice and dated early 16th century.

The technique employed on this striking cassone  'alla certosina',  is a type of 15th century inlay work made with polygonal tesserae of wood, bone, metal and mother-of-pearl arranged in geometric patterns and was especially popular in Lombardy and Venice. From around the third quarter of the 15th century to around the first quarter of the 16th century, the marquetry technique reached its apogee in Italy. Certainly in Central Italy the marqueteers created works to rival that of the painters in Northern Italy, producing coffers and other pieces of furniture in a uniquely geometric and floral design utilising a technique of cutting out little pieces of wood and tinted bone and ivory.

In the guide to the Musée national du Moyen Age Thermes de Cluny, p. 61, there is illustrated a coffer in this technique.

A cassone in this technique with a chessboard inlaid in the top was sold in these Rooms, Haute Epoque, 1st November 2005, lot 100.

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