The Trunk Black Velvet with Floral Hand Embroidery


Colour: Black Velvet with Floral Hand Embroidery

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Item code: 042-1571

The exquisite hand-embroidered panel of our Floral Trunk is a faithful re-creation from an extraordinary Florentine cabinet made at the Grand Ducal workshops in Florence at the beginning of the 18th Century (1704-1705).

This superlative piece has a striking floral hand-embroidered front panel crafted from exquisite delicate silk. Complementing this is a back panel in soft black velvet, alongside side panels in black croc print full-grain leather finished with a deep glassy shine. Opening our signature shield lock clasp reveals a shimmering grosgrain-lined interior complete with an open pouch and a zipped pocket. Gold-tone brass trimmed corners, protective base feet and a bamboo-inspired gold-tone top handle provide distinctive detailing.

Historical Significance and Provenance:

Pietra dura is one of the elaborate ways in which Florentine workers showed their skill in making hardstone mosaics. The central panel derived from sketches made by one of the greatest artists of the time: Giovanni Battista Foggini (1652-1725). His designs for similar work are contained in his journal of sketches preserved in Florence to this day.

The magnificent cabinet was made for the daughter of Grand Duke Cosimo III, Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, who was married to the Elector Palatine, Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz. It now forms part of the Gilbert Collection which is on loan to the V&A Museum in London.

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  • Height: 5.7 inches / Width: 7.3 inches / Depth: 3 inches
  • Bamboo-inspired gold top handle drop: 2.4 inches
  • Detachable cross-body chain strap drop: 22 inches
  • Floral silk hand-embroidered front panel
  • Black velvet reverse panel
  • Black croc print full-grain leather side panels
  • Signature shield lock clasp
  • Shimmering grosgrain lining
  • One open pouch and one zipped pocket
  • Brass trimmed corners
  • Protective base feet

Insurance & Handling Fee

$182.50 will be added to your total purchase price at checkout. This will subsidise tax, duty, credit card fees, insurance in transit and handling.


UK Standard Delivery (2-3 days) £4.95
UK Express Delivery (Next Day) * £9.95

*Orders placed before 1pm are delivered next working days. All delivery times are based on working days.


European Delivery £13.00 €16.00
US/Canada Standard Delivery (2-3 days) £15.00 $15.00
US/Canada Priority Delivery (1-2 days) £18.00 $28.00
Worldwide Delivery £20.00

Insurance and Handling will be charged at a rate of 2.5% (EU) / 5% (USA & Canada) / 10% (Rest of World) on your total purchase price at checkout. This will subsidise tax, duty, credit card fees, insurance in transit and handling. In the unlikely event that any extra charges are requested from you at the time of import by customs or by courier at the time of delivery, please contact our Customer Services Team for advice with this matter.

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