Posted 5 years ago
For whom was this antique (Renaissance?) solid wood chest made and for what purpose? My family called it the Pope's chest. It occupied an inauspicious place in my grandmother's house, had plants on it (!) in the corner behind a chair. I believe it was collected by wealthy New York ancestors probably on travels to Europe in the 19th century. They were one among the gilded families who summered in Newport, RI and traveled to Europe annually. 34x20x20 inches. Carved in wood, you see a bishop or pope on one end and a crowned figure on the other. Could they be actual likenesses? Lined with what we think is lead. Very heavy. Anybody?