• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 237

    A NORTH ITALIAN GILT GESSO ('PASTIGLIA') AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED CASSONE

    VENICE, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY AND LATER

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    A NORTH ITALIAN GILT GESSO ('PASTIGLIA') AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED CASSONE
    VENICE, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY AND LATER
    The rectangular hinged top above an egg-and-dart and dentilled frieze, the convex-shaped and panelled front decorated in relief with foliate scrolls, eagles and circular medallions, flanked by panels carved with lion masks above plaques inscribed 'OPUS' and 'FIDES', respectively, and centred by a shield with coat-of-arms, the sides painted with a further coat-of-arms, above a cavetto foliate-carved plinth, losses to the decoration, the painted sides redecorated
    19¼ in. (49 cm.) high; 58½ in. (148.5 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep


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    This pastiglia decorated cassone is related to an example in the Collezione Cini, Venice, which features a similarly double-panelled and bowed front (C. Alberici, Il Mobile Veneto, Milan, 1980, pp. 54-55, no. 63).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN