It's a small world....now that we have the internet! Recently, my friend Regina Garay of Fauxology, posted a link to Buzz Kaplan's word of the day-Cassapanca.
He posted these fabulous examples of a vintage cassapanca, a decorative bench with a back and a storage seat.
Italian in origin, cassapancas were usually large in scale and highly decorative.
Finding a cassapanca on an auction site is not as easy as it might seem.
They are a rare find and usually cost several thousand dollars.
This one is not as elaborate as most, but shows the variety in style.
Italian artist Alison Woolley of Florence Art painted this wonderful example of a cassapanca.
I love this black one! Most seem to be done in earth pigments or lighter in color.
When you "google" the word cassapanca, many times it wants to substitute "cassablanca"!
The backs of the cassapancas are made of flat wood to fit against the wall and not take up a lot of floor space. The wood is cut into decorative shapes and given dimension through trompe l'oeil painting.
As decorative as they are, I could not help posting this bench as well! Do you own a unique bench? I have my eyes out for a vintage Italian cassapanca!