A giltwood cassone
Cassone or marriage chest, having a hinged lid with raised central panel, acanthus and berry carved edge and Vitruvian scrolls, the top decorated with a crowded scene. The three painted panels unfortunately missing - which would have probably depicted episodes from classical or biblical history or mythology appropriate for the newly wed - now covered with red cloth, flanked by pairs of fluted Corinthian columns, the base with lotus leaf and egg and dart carving, raised on lion paw feet.
Reconstructed in the 19th century, therefore later structural elements throughout. Incorporates original carcass elements and probably lid, later gilding.
Circa 1450-1470, rebuilt c.19th century