Small Graffito Trunk covered in blue velvet
The idea of the decorated box takes its cue in the Florentine craft tradition from the ancient hope chest of 14th and 15th century Florence.
The Graffito technique of decoration represents one of the most ancient and precious Florentine techniques.
A description of it can be found in the “Libro dell'arte” by Cennino Cennini (14th century) and in “Vite dei più eccellenti pittori” by Giorgio Vasari (15th century).
Gold leaf is applied to prepared wooden surface.
Afterwards, a layer of milk or egg-based tempera is painted on the surface.
Once dry, the decoration is drawn freehand with a soft wood style, bringing the underlying gilding to light.
Dimensions34cm X 17cm X 12cm
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