Italian, Venice - Chest for Laces (Cofano), 18th century

Italian, Venice

Chest for Laces (Cofano), 18th century

Chest: wood, silk velvet, silk with tuffs, bronze fittings; Base: gilded cirmolo , 28 7/8 x 26 1/8 x 19 5/16 in. (73.3 x 66.4 x 49 cm)


This chest has a fall front and a hinged top that close with a pin and lock. These two sections open to reveal a tray with two sliding shelves below. These sections and the inside cover are lined with white silk and small blue tufts. The front of the tray is painted with blue vines. This box seems designed to store delicate textiles, perhaps laces or silks. The exterior of the piece is covered with a red cut-velvet made of silk which was probably made in Iran in the late seventeenth century or eighteenth century.

The chest fits into a gilded wood base carved with foliage and scrolls, edged with rocaille motifs, and punched in the flat surfaces.