Monday, October 29, 2012

Italian beauties

 

One of my preferred pieces of furniture is an Italian cassapanca.

I love the decorative painted ones!

Most of the benches are large sized and the seat is used as a chest, a storage seat.

They are highly decorated and were generally placed by pair in a hall.

2Lars Bolander source

 

3Garnier Antiques source  Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens 

 

Even if the cassapanca is not painted, it remains a beauty.2012-10-29_161633David Michael Miller Associates source  Photo credit Bill Timmerman

 

Late 19th century 1 of 2 Italian baroque style polychrome decorated high back hall benches of large size.7Très Belles Antiques source

 

Cassapanca 17th century Italian style, painted by the Italian artist Alison Woolley.1                                      Alison Woolley source                                  

 

Hand painted large Italian cassapanca.8source

 

This beautiful hand-carved and painted cassapanca is made by a 5th generation family-owned workshop in Florence, Italy!6source

 

 

Hand painted gothic style Italian cassapanca.5

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Does anyone of you own an Italian cassapanca? I hope to ever find an affordable one!

xx

Greet

34 comments:

  1. Hi, Greet -
    Really divine! They must be quite rare. I've not seen an antique cassapanca for sale before. Perhaps I'll have luck at Maastricht or Olympia.....even if just to admire only. One can dream ~ xo, Loi

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  2. I truly enjoyed this post! Each bench more beautiful than the last!
    Thank you for taking the time to bring this to us.


    xo

    Andie

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  3. Oh Greet !
    Ils sont superbes ces bancs ! Je n'en avait jamais vu sauf peut-être une fois à Venise.
    Vous pourriez en refaire et les faire peindre en trompe-l'œil !
    Mais les anciens doivent êtres encore plus rares et précieux !
    À bientôt,
    Céline.

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  4. I was not familiar with these benches, Greet. Thank you!! Fascinating how much they very in their decor and style - from the rugged unfinished one to the spectacular painted ones. You have given me an idea for a foyer we are working on. I wonder if I can convince them to let me design one for them. I know the perfect decorative painter to complete it.

    Surviving Hurricane Sandy...

    Cheers,
    John

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  5. I didn't know what they were called, thanks for sharing! Beautiful pieces but hard to find I guess.

    Have a nice day!

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  6. I haven't even come across one except in photos. Now I have something to keep an eye open for at the fairs.

    Beautiful post Greet!

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  7. this is my first introduction to a cassapanca, greet! just beautiful and so functional.

    hope this finds you well. i have survived my first paris trip and am ready to return since i now have many more questions than answers!

    smiles to you.

    michele

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  8. I had never heard of cassapanca before, so thank you for the education! Beautiful pieces Greet.

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  9. I have never had anyone in the US mention a cassapanca! My parents have one that came with their apt in Venice. It is quite small compared to what you normally see and is painted similarly to the one you have featured here by Garnier Antiques. The paint is rather faded. It is in the tight entry. We keep our umbrellas in the storage seat!

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  10. We don’t own, but would like to :). Yes, it's a fantastic piece of furniture. All are beautiful, but first one is the most.
    Regards. Joanna and Jola

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  11. I just love everything Italian, cassapanca included
    wonderful posting
    groeten
    anni

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  12. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, GREET! Tina over at The Enchanted Home has also shared some Italian kitchen appliances that will make anyone drool with envy! LOVELY here as always, Anita

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  13. Bien que artiste peintre et italien, je n'ai pas - malheureusement - de cassapanca à vous proposer... mais si vous en trouvez une en bois je peux réaliser la peinture... :-)
    Félicitations pour le goût de votre blog, j'aime beaucoup l'atmosphère...

    G. G.

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  14. My favourite is the unpainted one! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Thanks for sharing ....very informative blog

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  16. Greet,
    I don't believe I've ever seen an Italian cassapanca in person, only in magazines and books. The Lars Bolander example is stunning, but I even love the simple, unpainted bench from David Michael Miller Associates. What an interesting and informative post, thank you.
    Karen

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  17. Peças maravilhosas embelezam uma casa. Tudo muito lindo.
    Eu ainda não encontrei uma cassapanca italiana.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

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  18. soo beautiful + informative. Have seen them but I did not know what they were called + Thank you! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  19. They are true beauties! I wish I owned one but sadly don't... And if you think they are not affordable((: then I surely won't have one any time soon. ... I don't even know where to get one.. The antiques you featured in ur previous post are gorgeous but have not heard from them back so I assume even they don't ship to canada(:
    Xox z

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  20. own one? don't i wish! had never know the term before but i am in lust!
    xo
    debra

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  21. Just gorgeous!! Love those benches. Thanks for sharing.
    Jennifer

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  22. Greet,


    These are gorgeous; I just love them! I would also love to find one!!
    Once again, you have shown us not only a beautiful post, but one to dream about...

    Best regards,
    Lisa

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  23. Hi Greet.

    I would love to have one!
    The cassapanca in the Bolander's foyer is stunning, the perfect piece to greet a guest when they enter the house.

    I hope all is well with you and your family.

    Hugs!!!

    xo
    Brooke

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  24. Oh my! I will be dreaming of Cassapancas tonight! (Did not even know that was the name).

    Especially like the one outside. You almost see the lines better when it us unpainted.

    Hugs to you busy sister! And happy weekend to you and your family.

    ox Mon

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  25. nice post you have It's very nice. your article fanttastic. thanks in informahie.thank you from furnishing shop in bangalore

    interior decorator in bangalore

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  26. HI Greet! I never heard of these~so nice to learn about something so wonderful from you. I am getting an antique daybed that is painted much like these benches...I will send you a photo so you can perhaps tell me what you think.

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  27. These are so romantic! I would love to have one but unfortunately one hasn't found me yet. :)

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