Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca
Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca
Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca
Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca
Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca
Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca
Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca
Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca

Superb 18th century Italian Cassapanca

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A Cassone or "large chest" belonging to rich Italian merchants and aristocrats in the Late Middle Ages was provided with a high paneled back, it evolved into 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. Artists would cover the entire surface of the bench with crests, legendary figures and trompe-l’oeil. This style of painted furniture dates back to the early Renaissance where furniture was painted to portray three dimensional architectural and sculptural elements.