Decorative 18th Century Oak Carved Cassone, with center panel carving of Heraldic detail flanked by each side panel of detailed floral motif, H:27" W:53" D:24". A further description of Continental antique furniture, from the beginning of the Renaissance in the early 15th century, there were changes in furniture forms that were to spread over Europe. The growth of a wealthy and powerful bourgeoisie caused the building of more substantial houses and a demand for good furniture. In general the cassone, or marriage coffer (hope chest), was a form on which the craftsman's skill was lavished. In addition to elaborate relief work and gilding, the cassone's often were painted on the front and sides and occasionally inside the lid as well, with appropriate biblical or mythological scenes. Motifs popular with the Italianesque carvers usually included cupids, grotesque masks, scrolled foliage, and strapwork. This particular Oak Cassone, is an early example of an exquisite craftmanship made for a prominent family in the Northern Country. Located in the heart of Summerland, California, Lifestyle Antiques & Interiors offers the finest high-end Antiques, Decorative Arts, and Home Furnishings on the South Coast. We feature a rich collection from Europe, specializing in Italian Furniture, French and Spanish. The elegant collection varies from antique and Murano lamps, decorative pillows, Chandeliers, Mirrors and a fine selection of home furnishings. Just 3 minutes south of Santa Barbara. For your convenience you may shop on line: www.lifestyleantiques.com.
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