early 1500s

Walnut, painted and gilded

Overall: 54.3 x 168.3 x 51.6 cm (21 3/8 x 66 1/4 x 20 5/16 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., for the Coralie Walker Hanna Memorial Collection 1939.189



Chests such as this were made in pairs and presented to young women on the occasion of their marriage. They not only provided storage space in the home for clothing and personal effects, but could also be used as a bench to sit on. It was not uncommon for any one room in a Renaissance palace to have several. This chest was since the 16th century and until 1922 in Savoy Castle, near Verzuolo, in the Piedmont region of northern Italy.

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