Rectangular chest of chestnut molded and richly carved foliage, the cartridge facade representing the scene of the judgment of Solomon.
Opening plate with beak of corbin. Small interior box with flap for the most precious objects.
A second posterior opening is present in frontage.
The angled balusters feature a décor inspired by Greco-Roman antiquity. Presence of cherubs heads.
The rest of the decor is friezes and interlacing.
Both keys work.
Period late sixteenth / early seventeenth of the second Renaissance.
The chest of the Second Renaissance is an essential element of furniture especially among the wealthy classes. The marriage chests are part of the luxurious models. In the sixteenth century, architecture, sculpture and image were given priority. The front panel allows the development of mythological or biblical scenes as is the case here. (The Furniture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in France by Jacques Thirion).
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