Object Place: Europe, Venice, Italy
Overall: 20.3 x 43.2 x 17.8 cm (8 x 17 x 7 in.)
Medium or Technique
Straw marquetry on colored paper, pine
Italian Renaissance Gallery E (Gallery 219)
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)
Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Charles Gaston Smith's Group