Cassoni were part of the furnishing of the Italian bedchamber. In Florence they were generally painted. Tournaments, such as that depicted on the front of the chest, were frequently held to celebrate weddings between great families. Among the coats of arms and heraldic devices represented here are those of the Spinelli and perhaps Tanagli families.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
Cassone with a Tournament Scene
Date made
probably about 1455-65
Medium and support
Carved and gilded wood
Dimensions
38.1 x 130.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir Henry Bernhard Samuelson, Bt, in memory of his father, 1937
Inventory number
NG4906
Location in Gallery