Italian - Cassone Front: Two Portraits with Arms of the Orsini Family, late 19th century

Italian

Cassone Front: Two Portraits with Arms of the Orsini Family, late 19th century

Painted and gilded poplar, pine, and walnut, 74 x 188 x 6 cm (29 1/8 x 74 x 2 3/8 in.) overall

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Accession number

F21n16

Provenance

Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the antique dealer Attilio Simonetti (1843–1925), Galleria Simonetti, Rome on 1 November 1897 for 1,200 lire through the painter Joseph Lindon Smith (1863–1950).

Marks

Motto on scroll above Orsini arms: In virtutibus perserva [continue with courage, not recorded in the Orsini family mottos]

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 175. (latter part of the 15th century)
Graham Hughes. Renaissance Cassoni: Masterpieces of Early Italian Art: Painted Marriage Chests, 1400-1550 (Polegate, Sussex, 1997), p. 23, ill.
Alan Chong. "The American Discovery of Cassone Painting." The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Sarasota: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 2009), p. 81, fig. 49.
Fausto Calderai and Alan Chong. Furnishing a Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Collection of Italian Furniture (Boston, 2011), p. 204, no. 90. (dated as late 19th century with some late 15th century elements)


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