• Item: Chest / Cassone
• Circa: 1820
• Provenance: Italy
• Wood: Solid oak
• Large proportions (5ft 6⅝” wide)
• Two-plank top
• Profusely carved frame, lid & body
• Intricate foliate & geometric carved front and side panels
• Original carved lion paw feet
• Joined panelled design
• Original steel strap hinges
• Original key escutcheon
• Working lock & key
• Original lid, sides, back & bottom
• Stunning patination & colour
• Superb deep rich oxblood colour
• Free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns
This is a fabulous quality antique Italian renaissance influenced carved oak cassone chest, most likely constructed as a marriage gift, circa 1820, in excellent original condition. The chest is constructed with a twin-plank top, with a joined section below, which is constructed with mitred joints to the corners. The original lid, which features a nice over-hang, is decorated with oak banding around the perimeter, and two-tier lunette moulded edge, separated by thumb moulding. The lid retains its original steel strap hinges, which is nice to see. The interior is clean, dry, practical and usable. The interior also retains its original floorboards. The lid also closes on a steel lever working lock, which incorporates the original brass striking plate and working key to the front of the coffer, which allows you to lock the lid if necessary.
The front of the coffer is decorated with four moulded shaped panels incorporating symmetrical foliate carvings in a nominally geometric pattern, with a rounded lozenge to the centre. The chest is also decorated with oriental influenced geometric carved panels to the sides. Furthermore, the chest boasts floral carved quarter columns to each corner. Below, the chest display sausage and bead trim, above prominent gadroon moulding. The coffer rests on the original carved lion paw feet. The back of the coffer retains its original plain panels along with the original floor.
This item would look great in a variety of rooms from the hallway, to the living room or bedroom as an ottoman at the foot of the bed.
This beautiful piece boasts a rich dark red-and-brown oxblood colour. As it boasts the original wax polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
This chest is in excellent original condition. Nominal old marks to the top and leading edges, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. Such old use marks are inevitable and perfectly acceptable due to its age and use it would have received. The interior is clean, dry, and usable. The lid retains its original steel strap hinges (these are often replaced), which are in good condition. The chest retains its original lid, floor, feet, sides and back. The chest incorporates a steel lever working lock and key, which allows you to lock the lid if necessary. The chest stands on its original carved feet. The chest is solid in joint; it does not wobble on the floor and is ready to use. Considering the age of the chest, it is in good condition.
Height = 67.4cm or 26½” or 2ft 2½”
External Width (lid) = 169.2cm or 66⅝” or 5ft 6⅝”
External Depth (lid) = 63.5cm or 25” or 2ft 1”
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