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17th Century Italian Carved Blue Red Painted Ballot Voting Urn Yes or No



Antique Italian ballot urn shaped wooden box, carved and painted, coming from Tuscany, Monte San Savino near Arezzo in Central Italy. This ballot urn is an excellent example of a 17th century wooden voting box consisting of two urn shaped carved vases, connected by a unique circular opening, with red and blue painting. Each vase has painted on the top SI and NO, YES / NO, in order to distinguish for and against votes on paper, then collected in two separate small drawers. Ballots were paper in that era. In Tuscany starting from the Middle Ages priors of the various city corporations used to meet, discuss and decide on the problems of political and economic matters. When no agreement was reached, a vote was held using this unique antique urn. A prime example of how votings were handled in earlier times, it is truly a gem, a unique work to display in your cabinet of curiosities or in your board of directors room. Know of a politician who might appreciate a superb gift from political history. Wear consistent with use, a minor crack around the opening shows an ancient restoration, minor painting losses or retouching, but considering the age, it is still in good condition. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over 70 years ago requires a governative license for export called Belle Arti. The shipping may require additional 6-8 handling weeks to require and get the license according to the final destination of the artwork. Measures: Height 36.5 cm, width 28 cm, depth 13.5 cm.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.57 in. (37 cm)Width: 11.03 in. (28 cm)Depth: 5.52 in. (14 cm)
  • Style
    Baroque (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Repaired. Wear consistent with age and use. Wear consistent with age and use, a minor crack around the opening shows an ancient restoration, minor painting losses or retouching.
  • Seller Location
    Milan, IT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A7261stDibs: LU2160320278812

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 1-3 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Milan, Italy
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

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About the Seller
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Located in Milan, Italy
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