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Early Venetian Cassone c.1680
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Early Venetian Cassone c.1680

An incredibly detailed and early Venetian Cassone or ‘coffer’ c.1680.
With expressive painting depicting Merman amongst foliate scroll work, holding a central armorial or plaque of raised Pastiglia housing a scene featuring a ‘Momento Mori’. The central emblem shows figures holding - and surrounded by - mounds of human skulls (possibly sailors lost at sea or warriors lost in battle).
In a deep blood red shade of ‘Sangue di Bue’, with an aged patinated surface.

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Width124cm (4′1″)
Height56cm (1′10″)
Depth44cm (1′5″)
Reference No.CQ4M5

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