A grand Italian "Cassone" is a traditional dowry chest or wedding trunk in Renaissance design, descending with the daughters of an aristocratic family. This example from about 1700 is solid wormy walnut with a fine old finish and warm antique patina.
Waxed and buffed, all that is needed to maintain its luster is an occasional wipe with a soft dry cloth. There are shrinkage separations and mars for antique character.
Every surface is hand hewn and there is a deeply hand carved grapevine motif. Original wrought iron hardware includes "blued" engraved hinges and a giant open lock and key that still work. Feet are removable.A bride's dowry including linens and silver would have been kept in this prized heirloom possession. The top lifts, there is a compartment for valuables inside this furniture from northern Italy, also functional as a wide screen TV console. Measurements are 65" long, 22" deep and 27 1/2" tall.
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