CUBPBOARD WITH WRITTING DESK (BARGUEÑO). WOOD AND WROUGHT IRON FITTINGS. ASTURIAS, SPAIN, 17TH CENTURY.

Antiques - Furniture
Reference: Z4716


Bargueño of three bodies. Walnut wood and wrought iron. Asturias, Spain, 17th century.
The lower part is a two-door taquillón with carved decoration, the central one is a flip-top desk and a two-door cupboard above. On the outside, geometric lozenges alternate on the sides and tabs in the center, rectangular elements up and down and plant elements; the doors show moldings around rectangles resembling frames and frames; the upper part, in addition to those mentioned carved details, has its doors and two laterals set with balusters. The set is topped with a split pediment decorated with drops like those used under triglifos in classical art.
The doors below are secured by fasteners and have tear-shaped handles. The desk has a handle and key lock with the horseshoe shield highlighted and decorated with a metal plate set with S tornapuntas flanking a central shield, topped by a simplified floral detail; inside, the drawers are divided into an upper and lower band with four each and a central area of \u200b\u200btwo drawers on the sides of a central open chapel with a semicircular arch, and the fronts, in all, decorated with marquetry simple geometric lines. The doors of the alacenilla close to key.
The decoration of carving already appears in the fronts of bargueños and in the taquillones of century XVI and belongs to Renaissance influence the inclusion of details used in entablamentos architectonic of that style. However, the more vertical than horizontal proportions of the furniture are seen in the so-called "Carlos V", which appear towards the second third. The Spanish taste for the panels and the carved moldings is clearly seen in this example, and the marquetry inside the desk resembles that of others made in Asturias. Logically, balusters and movement details show belonging to the Baroque.
Also known as "cabinet bargueño", this type of furniture did not belong to the strictly domestic furniture, but was used in public places or stays of important residences where they could be contemplated. For this value, examples such as the present were not too common, but some very similar ones have been preserved in private collections of importance. Compare a similar example preserved in the Provincial Ethnographic Museum of León in Mansilla de las Mulas, but it can also be related to others such as the cupboard of the Lope de Vega House Museum in Madrid (inventory CE00234) from the end of the 17th century, or the cupboard cupboard of the National Museum of Decorative Arts of Madrid (CE02504)."


· Size: 105x46x215 cms.

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