noun (plural cassones /kaˈsəʊneɪz/ or cassoni /kaˈsəʊni/)
(In Italy) a large chest, especially one used to hold a bride’s trousseau.
- Italian marriage chests, or cassoni, were usually made in pairs and given as wedding gifts to the bride and groom.
- The demand for Virgins, Crucifixions, and Baptists, for cassoni and deschi da parto, was sufficiently great for workshops to be able to produce them without a particular customer in mind.
- These sculptures, and others, are juxtaposed with coins, medals, gems, seals, enamels, ivory carving, a cassone, a parade shield, moulded leather and even a waffling iron.
Late 19th century: Italian, 'large chest'.
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