Mid-19th century Italian, Baroque Revival style, ormoulu-and-hardstone mounted ebonized cabinet, probably Florentine, as it being mounted with a great variety of hardstones including onyx, lapis lazuli, red griotte, campan pink and green, Sienna, tiger blue, and sarrancolin, certainly reminds us of the great Tuscan Republic, the Medici’s, the Tornabuoni’s; alliances and betrayals, all posed with even more science than even dignity.
Monna Vanna (also known as Belcolore) (as reference) Dante Gabriel Rossetti - 1866 (as reference) \ Rossetti chose the title, “Monna Vanna,” after finishing the painting. It refers to a character in the works of Dante and Boccaccio. Rossetti called it “probably the most effective … room decoration which I have ever painted”. Alexa Wilding, who first sat to Rossetti the year before (1865), modelled for the painting.