(active 1st half of 15th century in Florence)

Strozzi Nuptial Chest

Wood and painted parchment, 45 x 160 x 47 cm
Carlotta Bruschi Collection, Florence

The term 'cassone' (chest) is used to define a type of furnishing which has the form of a rectangular case. The nuptial chest was designed to contain a bride's entire dowry, and was carried through the streets behind the nuptial procession. Chests designed for this purpose are usually more decorative than others, they might be carved, gilded and painted, and would often bear the owner's family arms. Sometimes the painted parts of such chests have been separated from the rest and used as actual paintings.

The example shown here has the Strozzi family emblems: eagle and waxing moons.

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