Cassettone or Bureau-Chest, Late 16th Century, Italian Renaissance, Walnut For Sale
Want more images or videos?
Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 7

Cassettone or Bureau-Chest, Late 16th Century, Italian Renaissance, Walnut

About

This magnificent cassettone exudes the character and quality of the finest, late-Renaissance furniture. Late 16th century, Northern Italian furniture often had the sides, legs or angles, 'a Bambocci', incorporating carved figures which were unique sculptures in their own right. The putti on this cassettone are beautifully carved and of sculptural quality. Each angel has one arm raised to heaven, a poignant touch. Showing customary signs of wear from time, the lion’s paw feet make a great statement. This cassettone was conceived to have visual impact through the quality of the carving, as well as being very practical with the writing compartment fitted in the top part. It has survived in very original condition with a few small repairs and losses, and the color and patina are warm and lustrous. This cassettone was illustrated in one of the seminal works on Lombardy furniture in the 1969 and has been in two renowned collections. The hinged top in two sections faced with a solid moulded edge. The front part has a fall front and opens to reveal a writing compartment. The fall front retains its original lock and is concealed with a false drawer which is above three drawers. All with moulded panels, escutcheons and retaining the original iron handles. The front ends have exceptional, bambocci, carved putti raising their arms to heaven above trailing foliage. Standing on magnificent lion's-head carved feet. The sides are panelled. Exceptional original colour and patina. Provenance: Coll. Private Azzate The Collection of Sandro and Lidia Orsi, Ca’ Mera, Varese. Regarded as one of the most beautiful homes in Lombardy, Ca’ Mera, the country house of Sandro and Lidia Orsi was filled with beautiful objects from many different epochs. A renowned antiquarian from Milan, over his lifetime Sandro and his wife Lidia revived the Renaissance and Baroque character of the house and instilled their own unique vision into the interiors, which culminated with the creation of a Kunst – or Wunderkammer. “I have never seen such an example of poetical taste”, Sir John Pope-Hennessy said after visiting the Orsi house. Literature: Illustrated in C. Alberici, Il Mobile Lombardo, Milan, 1969, p. 45. A Gonzalez-Palacois, Il mobile in Liguria, Genova, 1996 illustrates related pieces   

Details

  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1585-1625
  • Dimensions
    H 40.95 in. x W 58.27 in. x D 29.53 in.H 104 cm x W 148 cm x D 75 cm
  • Seller Location
    Eversholt, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU3867315798182
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity

    Some items may require special handling and packaging. Request a shipping quote to see what options are available to your destination.

  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 7 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

New to 1stdibs
Joined in the past six months.
No Reviews Yet
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2018
Located in Eversholt, GB
More From This Seller
Cassettone or Bureau-Chest, Late 16th Century, Italian Renaissance, Walnut
Cassettone or Bureau-Chest, Late 16th Century, ...
Antique 16th Century Italian Renaissance Furniture
Walnut
The hinged top in two sections faced with a solid moulded edge. The front part has a fall front and opens to reveal a writing compartment. The fall front retains its original lock an...
Cathedra or Throne Chair, Late 16th Century, French Second Renaissance, Walnut
Cathedra or Throne Chair, Late 16th Century, Fr...
Antique 16th Century French Renaissance Furniture
Walnut
A moulded cornice sits above the high, panelled back with fluting and applied roundels. The later, metal pin on the left edge releases the central, moulded panel in the back which re...
Vargueno or Bargueno, Late-16th-Early-17th Century, Spanish Renaissance, Walnut
Vargueno or Bargueno, Late-16th-Early-17th Cent...
Antique 16th Century Spanish Renaissance Furniture
Bone, Walnut
Spanish writing desks from this period are the most distinctive pieces of Spanish furniture conceived as visual displays of incredible virtuosity. They have been highly prized since ...
Pair of Walnut Armchairs, Late 16th Century, French Renaissance, with Ram Mask C
Pair of Walnut Armchairs, Late 16th Century, Fr...
Antique 16th Century French Renaissance Furniture
Walnut
"This rare pair of upholstered open armchairs relate to examples in museum collections in France, the USA and the UK. Few pieces of Renaissance furniture featuring ram’s head motif a...
You May Also Like
Late 19th Century Japanese Tansu Chest
Late 19th Century Japanese Tansu Chest
Antique 1870s Japanese Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Iron, Wood
Japanese wood Tansu chest of drawers with original iron hardware. Made in Japan circa 1870s.
Oversize 19th Century Japanese Tansu Chest
Oversize 19th Century Japanese Tansu Chest
Antique 19th Century Japanese Commodes and Chests of Drawers
19th century Japanese Tansu chest of drawers.
Tansu Chest from Japan, Showa Period, Mid-20th Century
Tansu Chest from Japan, Showa Period, Mid-20th ...
Vintage 1950s Japanese Showa Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Elm, Cedar
A Tansu chest of drawers from Japan. Showa period, mid-20th century. Clear cedar, with elmwood in red finish on the top and sides. Six drawers, bronze pulls.
Piedmont Chinoiserie Lacquered Wood Chest of Drawers, 18th Century
Piedmont Chinoiserie Lacquered Wood Chest of Dr...
Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Chinoiserie Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Lacquer
Piedmont chinoiserie lacquered wood chest of drawers with marble top, 18th century. Chest of drawers with three drawers and bronze garniture finely decorated in polychrome chinoiseri...
French Walnut Empire Style Desk or Bureau Plat, Early 20th Century
French Walnut Empire Style Desk or Bureau Plat,...
Early 20th Century French Furniture
Wood
Rectangular top with an inset leather surface with bronze banding, Above a case fitted with a single center drawer flanked by two Additional drawers on either side, all with bronze...
Empire Style Mahogany and Bronze Russian Chest of Drawers, 19th Century
Empire Style Mahogany and Bronze Russian Chest ...
Antique Early 19th Century Russian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
Empire style mahogany and bronze Russian chest of drawers, 19th century Chest of drawers adorned with gilded metal frames, two drawers and rounded sides, straight back feet and sabe...
Antique Kiri Wood Meiji Japanese Merchants Chest with Iron Accents, 19th Century
Antique Kiri Wood Meiji Japanese Merchants Ches...
Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Furniture
Iron, Wood
A Japanese merchants chest from the Meiji period, with single cabinet, iron accents and hardware. This Japanese 19th century merchant's chest was made of Kiri wood and iron during th...
19th Chest of Drawers Rustic Console Table
19th Chest of Drawers Rustic Console Table
Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture
Elm
19th century Elm wood Chest of Drawers. Rustic Console Table having solid one piece top over seven apothecary style drawers with iron ring pulls hardware. A unique arrangement of d...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries