Italian (Venice)
16th century

Object Place: Europe, Venice, Italy


Overall: 20.3 x 43.2 x 17.8 cm (8 x 17 x 7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Straw marquetry on colored paper, pine

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery E (Gallery 219)




Case furniture and boxes

Long and rectangular with domed hinged cover. Metal hasp; keyhole. Of gilt and polychromed wood with design (flowers and crowned eagle with wings outspread) in straw. Example of early Italian coffanetti. Unique in decoration of straw on pastiglia.

Jewels, belts, and lace collars all might have been contained in this box, possibly given as a wedding or betrothal gift and then used in the bedroom to store these treasures.


By 1939, French and Company, New York; 1940, sold by French and Co. to the MFA for $400. (Accession Date: May 9, 1940)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Charles Gaston Smith's Group