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Marriage Chest (Cassone)

early 1500s
Overall: 62.2 x 172 x 55.9 cm (24 1/2 x 67 11/16 x 22 in.)
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Large storage chests resembling ancient Roman burial vaults-a popular collectible among wealthy families during the Renaissance-were often associated with an important marriage and contained the wife’s dowry of clothes and precious objects. This particular example displays the arms of the Spada Family of Rome amidst a richly carved façade on a gilded ground. Sometimes cassoni were carried in the marital procession from the bride’s home to that of her future husband, emphasizing the power and wealth of both families.
Marriage Chest (Cassone)

Marriage Chest (Cassone)

early 1500s

Italy, early 16th century

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