A North Italian gilt pastiglia gilt and polychrome-painted sarcophagus-shaped cassone, probably late 16th/early 17th century. The moulded and domed lid incised with a grid of feur-de-lys centered on a quatrefoil cartouche above an ogee-moulded base incised with scrolling foliage and with a crested shield, on lion’s paw front feet. A fine example of a late Renaissance Italian chest.
Size: width 62", height 28", depth 20".
Provenance: The Hyder Collection, Tarlton Law Library, Austin Texas. Brass plate engraved "Ex Coll: Elton M. Hyder, Jr." attached to the left side. Sotheby's New York sticker attached to back, but no record of this piece is listed on Sotheby's archive website (presumably because it was sold prior to the years included in the archive). For information on the Hyder collection, go to: https://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/hyder-collection.
Condition: Loss of gesso on top and edges of lid, and scattered losses and lifting elsewhere with some filling. Evidence of original gilt under the later greenish-blue paint; otherwise appears to be all original, including feet. No lock.
Recently appraised online by a leading London firm at $20,000 - $25,000, auction value.
Comparables: A cassone with a very similar shape and size dated from the 16th/17th century, was sold at Mossgreen Auctions Australia in 2014 for $28,279 USD. The same cassone was listed at Sotheby's many years earlier with an estimate of $21,201-$31,801 USD. For results of the Mossgreen sale go to: https://www.antiquesreporter.com.au/index.cfm/category-lots/1322-trunks-and-hests/26-mossgreen-auctions-no-longer-trading/. For results of the Sotheby's sale (no photo), go to: https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2001/the-collection-of-mrs-elizabeth-dangar-au0650/lot.17.html?locale=en.