Pair of 19th Century Italian Carved and Hand-Painted Cassapanca Benches
Add Italian visual drama into your home with this elegant pair of antique Cassapanca benches. Crafted in Italy, circa 1860, each carved bench features a tall back and apron decorated with intricately carved and scalloped edges; each seating is further embellished with hand painted scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell motifs including a large center medallion featuring a royal coat of arms with wheat, stars, and stacked domes. The benches are in excellent condition and maintain their beautiful original patinated painted finish in a green, gold, blue, red and yellow palette. Cassapanca bench; during the Middle Ages, when a cassone or “large chest” was built with a high paneled back, it became known as a Cassapanca, “chest-bench”, which was the forerunner of the sofa. The Italian Renaissance painted Cassapanca, while functioning as piece of furniture, was also a canvas for the exuberant decoration of painters from the Baroque era. These artists would cover the entire surface of the bench and back panel with crests, legendary figures and trompe-l’oeil (French for “fool the eye”). Sometimes called illusionist furniture, this style of painted furniture dates back to the early Renaissance where ceilings, walls, and even furniture was painted to portray three dimensional architectural and sculptural elements. Measures: 46.5″ W x 16″ D x 56.5″ H.
|Dimensions||16" W x 46.5" D x 56.5" H|
Late 19th Century