36 East 73rd Street New York City, NY 10021 , United States Call Seller 212.517.9176


Painted Wood Casket

$ 185,000
  • Description
    This large and unusually well preserved Italian wood and tempera polychrome nuptial coffer is decorated of rondels framed in red. The central rondel (of larger size) on the front of the coffer frames a fruit tree, a symbol of the earth’s bounty. The flanking smaller rondels include heraldic eagles in a decoratively painted background. The sliding lid covers an interior with a compartment and depicts a large black hare with a precious jeweled necklace. The hare is a symbol of fertility due to its well-known ability to multiply and, like the tree, is appropriate to a nuptial coffer.
    The box is thought to be from the Urbino area, which was then, as now, a region of limited agriculture and pasturage and a minor mercantile center. The region had been notorious for armed defiance against the Papacy, which claimed lordship over it. The Montefeltro, then became loyal papal clients after Antonio Montefeltro returned from exile to rule Urbino from 1377 to 1404.
  • More Information
    Origin: Italy
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Materials: Painted wood
    Condition: Excellent.
    Creation Date: circa 1400
    Styles / Movements: Classical, Folk Art, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: BOX 107
    Incollect Reference #: 177578
  • Dimensions
    W. 24.75 in; H. 7.875 in; D. 7.875 in;
    W. 62.87 cm; H. 20 cm; D. 20 cm;
Message from Seller:

The gallery deals in European works of art, antiques and paintings from antiquity to the end of the eighteenth century. Under Mrs. Fioratti's direction, the gallery has continued to supply works of art to museums across America and Europe. She has designed interiors in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Mrs. Fioratti has worked on architectural restorations, and restored a 10th century village near Siena.

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