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Chest with Inlaid Interior
English: Chest with inlaid interior

About 1500
Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Walnut, with iron mounts over textile, and inlay of various woods

During the Renaissance, chests were found in most institutions and all but the poorest homes. They were used for storing items such as clothes, linen, documents or money. A chest was often placed at the bottom of a bed, where it would be convenient for keeping the owner's clothes or other valuables, while also providing a place to sit or sleep.

This chest combines security and elegance. It is made of walnut boards fixed with meticulous dovetail joints. It uses both internal and external hinges, as well as a steel lock. Inside are three banks of drawers and compartments to hold smaller objects, and space for a false bottom, under which particular treasures could be concealed. Pierced metal mounts (originally silver in colour), set over red textile, decorate the exterior. Inside are geometrical bands of inlay and ivory studs, as well as pierced metal mounts. The chest was clearly smart enough for display, perhaps in the owner's bedchamber or study.

Collection ID: 252-1864

This photo was taken as part of Britain Loves Wikipedia in February 2010 by David Jackson.

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