Carved, sculpted and partially gilt wood.
On the front and on the sides of this piece of furniture there is an elaborate gilded decoration, in relief, in racemes and with bird motifs, enclosed by a denticulated under-top frame and a molded frame, which is repeated on the urn lid. The base decorated with chips is centered by a gilded leaf motif repeated on the corners too. Feral-paw-shaped feet.
The molded shields, inserted within the phytomorphic shoots, show the coat of arms of two patrician Venetian families, the Foscaris – (troncato: nel 1° partito: a) di rosso al leone d’oro marciano in maestà b) d’argento pieno; nel 2° d’oro pieno) a sinistra – and the Mocenigos – (spaccato d’azzurro e d’argento, a due rose, dell’uno nell’altro, bottonate d’oro), a destra.
Together these noble houses give the name to a fifteenth century Venetian palace located in the district of Castello, to give witness to the union sealed by the1491 wedding between Pellegrina, daughter of Michiel Foscari, and Alvise Mocenigo.
Venice, 16th century