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Details & Cataloguing

The Vittorio & Caterina Di Capua Collection, Turin

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An Italian pokerwork and penwork-engraved cedar and cypress cassone, Tyrol or Venice, 17th century and later
the rectangular hinged lid with two simulated panels, the front applied with moulded frames to simulate three further panels, on a stipple ground, the sides similarly carved and engraved, with carry handles
48cm. high, 168cm. wide, 57cm. deep; 1ft. 7in., 5ft. 6in., 1ft. 10½in.
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Catalogue Note

Often given as bridal gifts, such chests were frequently exported, especially to England. They were made in Alto Adige and Venice for storing valuable wall hangings and linen because of the particular qualities of the scented cedar. The symbolic images on the panels were usually taken from engravings of the period.

The Vittorio & Caterina Di Capua Collection, Turin

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London