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For centuries, boxes, caskets, cabinets, and chests played an important role in everyday life. Ranging from strongboxes to travel cases and from containers for tea or tobacco to those for the storage of toiletries or silverware, these lidded pieces were made in a large variety of shapes and sizes, and of many different materials. The form and decoration of these objects not only reflect changes in social customs and manners but also follow the stylistic developments in Europe over four…

For centuries, boxes, caskets, cabinets, and chests played an important role in everyday life. Ranging from strongboxes to travel cases and from containers for tea or tobacco to those for the storage of toiletries or silverware, these lidded pieces were made in a large variety of shapes and sizes, and of many different materials. The form and decoration of these objects not only reflect changes in social customs and manners but also follow the stylistic developments in Europe over four…

1860's French Gilt Heavy Beveled Glass Angel Ormolu Jewelry Casket Cabinet Box Padded Silk Inside Hamptons Long Island Estate Treasure by FindMeTreasures, $1195.00

1860's French Gilt Heavy Beveled Glass Angel Ormolu Jewelry Casket Cabinet Box Padded Silk Inside Hamptons Long Island Estate Treasure by FindMeTreasures, $1195.00

Working with @Amy Hanna on our class project teaching in Italy September 2014. Save the date! ;) | Flickr: Intercambio de fotos

Working with @Amy Hanna on our class project teaching in Italy September 2014. Save the date! ;) | Flickr: Intercambio de fotos

Covered Box  Designer: Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York) Maker: Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (1892–1902) Maker: (Stourbridge Glass Company)

Covered Box Designer: Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York) Maker: Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (1892–1902) Maker: (Stourbridge Glass Company)

Imagine receiving this priceless, courtship box, dated 1300-1350, carved with scenes from romances and literature of the day.  Each panel represents the courtly ideals of love and heroism

Imagine receiving this priceless, courtship box, dated 1300-1350, carved with scenes from romances and literature of the day. Each panel represents the courtly ideals of love and heroism

Recente ritrovamento archeologico: cranio di Clown preistorico (Età del Proto-Gasparriano) - Barnum Valley, USA.  (Grazie Andy Bell)

Recente ritrovamento archeologico: cranio di Clown preistorico (Età del Proto-Gasparriano) - Barnum Valley, USA. (Grazie Andy Bell)

Casket with Warriors and Dancers ~ 11th century ~ made in Constantinople ~ Byzantine ~ iron, bone, gilded copper mounts ~ The erotes play instruments such as drums, cymbals, and tambourines. On the back and right side panels of the box, the erotes rush confrontationally toward one another with weapons. There is an element of joviality and satire found in this imagery that is only seen in such objects that were part of the private life of the Byzantine citizen.

Casket with Warriors and Dancers ~ 11th century ~ made in Constantinople ~ Byzantine ~ iron, bone, gilded copper mounts ~ The erotes play instruments such as drums, cymbals, and tambourines. On the back and right side panels of the box, the erotes rush confrontationally toward one another with weapons. There is an element of joviality and satire found in this imagery that is only seen in such objects that were part of the private life of the Byzantine citizen.

Teal Lacquer Jewelry Box, Desk Accessories, Home Furnishings - The Museum Shop of The Art Institute of Chicago

Teal Lacquer Jewelry Box, Desk Accessories, Home Furnishings - The Museum Shop of The Art Institute of Chicago

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