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(käs-sô`nā), the Italian term for chest or coffer, usually a bridal or dower chest, highly ornate and given prominence in the home. Major artists such as Uccello and Botticelli painted cassone panels, and prominent sculptors were also employed to carve elaborate chests. The cassone was usually decorated with mythological or historical episodes. It became one of the first means of bold secular expression in Renaissance art.



a type of wooden chest popular in Italy during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Its front and side walls were decorated with gilded and red stucco, carvings, and paintings (usually of a secular character). Such eminent artists as Botticelli and Uccello worked on cassoni. In the late 15th century architectural influence in its trimming increased: the sides were often divided into panels with carving and intarsia.


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Schubring, P. Cassone. Leipzig, 1923.
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Other highlights of Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art auction included the sale of Gustav Klimt's Kirche in Cassone for Au26.
Gustav Klimt's Kirche in Cassone also went under the hammer at Sotheby's, selling for pounds 26,921,250, the second highest price ever paid for his work.
Other highlight of the auction was Gustav Klimt's Kirche in Cassone, which went for 26,921,250 pounds.
Gustav Klimt's Kirche in Cassone went for pounds 26,921,250, far above the pounds 12m to pounds 18m estimate and a record price for a Klimt landscape.
A work by Gustav Klimt, Kirche in Cassone, went for pounds 26,921,250 (estimate pounds 12-18m).
Gustav Klimt's Kirche in Cassone, Alberto Giacometti's life-sized sculpture L'Homme qui marche and Paul Czanne's still-life Pichet et Fruits sur une Table arrived at the auction house's New Bond Street headquarters on the heels of promising sales at the end of last year.
Real deal KLIMT'S Church in Cassone (Landscape with Cypresses) survived WW2.