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Monday, 31 August 2015

Cassone

Hi Folks, its been a few weeks since i last posted due mainly to work commitments and the fact i haven't been finishing until gone 10.00pm at night so apologies to everyone who has left comments that i didn't reply to straight away . I'm now off work for a few days which means i can hopefully get a little work in on my own build, catch up on all your posts and do a few other things too.
I have just completed this Cassone or Marriage chest which i started a while back.


The chest has four carved panels two at the front and one at each end which are also surrounded with a gilded gold border above these sits a band of ivory strip which is also continued in the centre.


I used reclaimed timber to make this piece which was once part of a decorative fireplace, the chest is
3'' long and just over 1.5'' in depth and stands just over 1.5'' in height. The Cassone or marriage chest was usually given to the bride by her parents as their contribution to the wedding and would commonly sit at the foot of the bed, I'm guessing these would have had a multitude of usages from personal effects to keeping clothes and maybe even bedding in, some could be lavishly decorated with paintings of the family and there crests too. This piece is available on my FOR SALE page.
Hopefully i will be sharing some new photos of the progress on my build a little later in the week.
Have a great week everyone.  Tony.

19 comments:

  1. It is a pretty chest! Great work.

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  2. Hello Tony,
    It is fantastic. Once again the precision of your work amazes me every time! I love the finish. It is a spectacular cassone. Well done.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  3. I actually clicked on the picture so I could see the details even better. Great Work!

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  4. Excellent carving, Tony! Another unique and beautiful piece :^)

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  5. Ahhh, very nice! I can see someone like Lucrezia Borgia with a piece like that.

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    1. Thanks Iris Its a shame really that these beautiful pieces of furniture are not so popular any more i made a full size one for my daughter when she got married and filled it with lots of goodies, They are a very unique and special family heirloom to hand down.

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    2. Your daughter is one lucky gal!

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  6. What a treat to find your wonderful project in my email this morning. Your craftsmanship is exquisite, Tony, but you already know that! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with the rest of us.

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    1. And thank you Heather for leaving such a wonderful comment, its always a pleasure to share my work :)

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  7. Really beautiful chest Tony. The chamfered lid, fretwork and banding are just perfect =0)

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  8. Wow this is really beautiful detail, love the ivory--

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  9. Another beautiful item, Tony and I like how you always let us know where the wood you use originated.

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