Full of classical antiquity motifs, this chest has a flat top and a convex front, consisting of architectural parts echoing Roman wall decorations. The front is divided into four specchiature positioned horizontally, two in the center with the figures of darting genies outlined on a vermilion red background, two on the sides centered by shields with noble coats of arms, recognizable as – left to right – Strozzi (golden, three silver crescent moons on a red strip) and Davizi (parted per cross, indented, silver and red).
Jutted out circular studs embellish the front, positioned with the aim of amplifying the three-dimensional suggestion, evoked by a trompe-l’oeil architecture, and a linear molding, also in relief, placed as to frame the undertop covered in racemes, a decoration that is repeated on the feet shaped like a molded console.
The sides, also painted, are decorated by garlands adorned by fluttering ribbon motifs.
Florence, first half of the 16th century