"16th Tuscany Carved And Gilded Wood Box"16th Tuscany Carved and Gilded Wood Box
Excellent state of conservation.Measures h 28x l 43xp 32 cm
Precious box made in carved and gilded walnut wood, Tuscany (Italy) 16th Century.
This type of gift box was made as a jewelry box, sometimes used to hold wedding gifts, carrying jewels and coins inside.
This wood box consists in a rectangular section with a top frame carved with phytomorphic motifs and an underlying frame gilded.The sides are smooth and on each side stands a golden bas-relief, carved in the form of a mask.The low band running along the perimeter has a gilded and baccellato carving, characteristic of Florentine furniture of the 16th century.Clear marks of bulinature are made around the carving to refine and gracefully the frame.
The box set is supported by four carved lion legs.The zoomorphic feet suggest the sedentary use of the chest, which therefore belonged to the stable furnishings of the houses and not to those used during trips and movements.
The lid, surmounted by a geometric pattern in the trunk of a pyramid with curved sides, is adorned with two orders of friezes.The lowest has phytomorphic motifs, while the upper one has pod grooves.This lid conceals a «secret»: by sliding the flat top part is revealed an otherwise invisible compartment.The realization of secrets in this type of objects was frequent as they served as safes and were extremely reserved in the eyes of servants and guests.Inside was kept the key of the lock or small valuables and coins.
The lid has a drop-down opening.Inside, is carved the coat of arms of the noble family to which was reserved the box set.The coat of arms is composed of a shield, cut and wedged (nailed) in gold and blue.It could refer to the Tuscan Gualterotti family, whose shield is cut and wedged with gold and blue.The ornaments on the outside of the shield appear with volutes and leafy branches.
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