I found this piece on my local Craigslist last night. I thought I would create a ciel de lit, or bed canopy, for the guest room. At a mere $50 it was a steal! Please pardon the photos. They are from Craigslist. I will take more tomorrow but I am so excited about this piece!
I am trying to discover its origins but I am at a loss.
The bonnet, which is quite large, measures approximately four feet wide, two and a half feet deep and one and one half feet tall. It is made with dovetailed joints. The box is complete, it is enclosed all the way around. Perhaps it was part of a cabinet or a bookshelf? Part of an entryway? It looks like something from an old library. Maybe the Masons or Oddfellows?
Here's the best part; The medallion is inscribed with the words Amore ed Arte, which translates to Love and Art.
I am just so curious! Where did you come from?
Have you ever seen anything like this?