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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.]


(Furniture) a highly-decorated, Italian dowry chest
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There was the huge Italian cassone, with its fantastically painted panels and its tarnished gilt mouldings, in which he had so often hidden himself as a boy.
The evening-long performance features new works by Jorma Elo, Alexander Ekman, Gregory Dolbashian and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, created on a group of ABT dancers and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal's Celine Cassone.
her daughter Kerry (Peden) Cassone and her husband Dominick of Northborough, Mass.
4) In "The Economics of Religious Indulgences," Alberto Cassone and Carla Marchese write that "economic factors may provide important insights into the institutional behavior of the Church," particularly with respect to "the introduction of indulgences into its doctrine during the Middle Ages in order to increase its membership and respond to doctrinal competition.
Furniture includes the likes of a 16th-century Tuscan carved and gilded walnut cassone or wedding chest, bearing both the Chigi delia Rovere coat of arms and Renaissance majolica (Fig.
SW: Well, all the good names with 'art' in the title were already taken so we brainstormed and came up with Cassone (ca-soh-neh) - it's Italian and means a chest or box, but specifically it was what wealthy Renaissance brides used to carry their trousseau to their marital home - so it's a box full of beautiful things.
1141, 1155-57 (2003); see also Cassone & Ramello, supra note 86, at 223 (suggesting that that "[c]lass action can thus re-establish the alignment between public and individual interests where there are no credible alternatives").
Asked to comment on the matter, Vincent Cassone, chairman of the University of Kentucky's biology department, told the Lexington Herald-Leader, "The theory of evolution is the fundamental backbone of all biological research.
Management consultant Tillman and manager Cassone explain how to pinpoint specific areas in a company's operation that show the most promise for improvement and how they can ultimately impact upstream and downstream functions.
It should thus not be surprising that we find the story of Esther painted on wedding cassoni of the period, and one cassone in particular, now housed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, dates precisely from the 1470s and suggestively links Esther with the Medici, figuring a building very similar to the Medici palace in the background.
Gustav Klimt's "Church in Cassone - Landscape with Cypresses" had not been seen in decades.