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Raised section on top has band of geometric design between mouldings. Front has two panels with mouldings, inlaid with architectural designs in perspective. Floral motive on framing bands, cherub's head and letter in center.


1916, Elia Volpi (b. 1858 - d. 1938), Florence; November 22, 1916, Volpi sale, American Art Galleries, New York, lot 323, to A. Seligman [see note 1]. By 1937, Addie Wolff (Mrs. Otto H.) Kahn (d. 1949), New York [see note 2]; October 12, 1943, sold by Mrs. Kahn to the Brummer Gallery, New York; 1944, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $6000. (Accession Date: January 13, 1944) NOTES: [1] The name of the buyer is recorded in Roberta Ferrazza, "Palazzo Davanzati e le collezioni di Elia Volpi" (Florence, 1994), 268. [2] Mrs. Kahn first consigned the object to Brummer on February 23, 1937.

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Charles K. Cummings Fund


Italian (Florence), Renaissance, about 1475–1500

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97.79 x 201.93 x 69.85 cm (38 1/2 x 79 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Walnut with intarsia decoration; Walnut, inlaid with various woods