Tuscany - 15th century) Unknown (Italian School

Chest

c. 1400-1425

Cassoni, or chests, were essential household goods. This is a rare, early example of the type. While repaired and altered, the front survives largely intact. The repeating pattern – an eagle holding a banner – was created with a mould, applied to the wood structure, then gilded. The technique allowed for large-scale production. Painted coats-of-arms were sometimes added, as done here. Such works survived as family heirlooms long after they fell out of fashion. They became popular again in the 19th century, as collectors sought to recreate the context in which painting and sculpture had once been displayed, and questioned the distinction between fine and applied arts.

Titre
Chest
Date
c. 1400-1425
Technique
Arts décoratifs
Matériaux
gold leaf over gesso on wooden carcass
Dimensions
64 x 188 x 61 cm
Nationalité
Italian (Tuscany)
Mention de source
Purchased 1980
Numéro d'acquisition
23644