Cassapanca

Date:
third quarter 16th century
Culture:
Italian, Florence
Medium:
Walnut
Dimensions:
a) H. 61 x W. 86-1/2 x D. 24-1/2 in. (154.9 x 219.7 x 62.2 cm);
b) H. 5-3/8 x W. 91-3/4 x D. 31-1/2 in. (13.7 x 233 x 80 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, funds from various donors, 1958
Accession Number:
58.19a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503
Carved walnut furniture was highly prized and sought after to adorn Florentine palaces. This piece did double service—used for seating and for storage. Its Italian name, cassapanca, translates as "chest-bench."
Inscription: Label inside lid:
[1] Comitato Italia Francia/Mostra d'arte Italiana a Parigi/Proprietario Collezione Pisa. S.A. Leonardo/Firenze/Cassapanca in noce con figure giacenti/Inventario N. 362
[2] Mostra nazionale antiquaria/Citta di Firenze. Palazzo Strozzi/N. 444;
[3] No d'inventario/362 (crossed out with) 69
Count Elia Volpi , Davanzati Palace, Florence (before 1910–after 1916) ; Luigi Pisa , Florence ; [ Galleria Bellini (until 1958; sold to MMA) ]