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 (kə-sō′nā, -nē)
n. pl. cas·son·ni (-nē)
A large, long, usually ornate chest, popular in Renaissance Italy and used especially to hold a bride's dowry goods or other possessions.

[Italian, from Old Italian, augmentative of cassa, box, case, from Latin capsa.]
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(Furniture) a highly-decorated, Italian dowry chest
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From stock come characteristically exuberant pieces such as a Kangxi Coromandel screen (80,000 [pounds sterling]-120,000 [pounds sterling]), an early 18th-century trompe I'oeil cassapanca from northern Italy (25,000 [pounds sterling]-50,000 [pounds sterling]) and Francois Boucher's La Marchande de Fleurs, a chinoiserie overdoor painting in a rocaille surround (100,000 [pounds sterling]-150,000 [pounds sterling]; Fig.
It is set off by Renaissance furniture including a cassapanca (a bench-cum-chest); the air is infused with the wonderful smell of historic wood.
Non so, domani vanno bene i mobili antichi, io mi metro a battere la campagna, e ti scopro la cassapanca del 700.