Anonymous Tuscan (XV Century), Chest

Anonymous Tuscan (XV Century),

Anonymous Tuscan (XV Century), Chest
Second half of the XV century, carved and gilded wood, 47X167x47 cm, two chests are present, Inv. n. 205

Both of these examples of Tuscan chests come from the convent of San Maglorio as a result of the Napoleonic suppression. Characterised by carved reliefs, with plaster and gilding, they are traditionally identified as the two nuptial chests commissioned by Galeotto Manfredi, Lord of Faenza, to give to his mistress Cassandra Pavoni when she took her monastic vows to join the convent of San Maglorio.

Generally used to contain a dowry of clothes, but also jewellery and money, they would become a part of the bedroom furniture.

Anna Tambini has recently hypothesised a link between these chests and the woodworking production of Venice. In particular, the scholar notes similarities between the two chests in Faenza and the frame created by Jacopo da Faenza for the famous triptych of Giovanni Bellini in the Basilica di Santa Maria dei Frari in Venice. These similarities especially regard the frieze with acanthus leaves on the chests, with a characteristic motif of bud amidst the leaves and the decoration enhanced by the chromatic contrast of the gilded plaster and blue background. Anna Tambini also maintains that there are decorative similarities with other chests in the area of Venice.

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