SPAINISH CABINET "VARGUENO". SALAMANCA. 17TH CENTURY.

Antiques - Furniture
Reference: Z6411


Bargueño of Salamanca type with taquillón, XVII century. Walnut wood and bone decorations. Wrought iron hardware.
The rectangular taquillón supports on four round legs, and presents four drawers with decoration of lozenges that close with key and show fittings and shield of horseshoe. The desk, with a folding front lid, has metal hooks (to hold the table without the need to lock it) and numerous decorative plates, as well as a magnificent ornate closure with two rampant lions and stars. When you open the lid, which rests on two wooden fasteners of the taquillón ornate with lion heads, you discover the drawers and doors, decorated with networks of squares and architectural elements and columns.
It responds to the type called "Salamanca desk", which is the most representative of the Spanish Baroque. It was developed, especially, throughout the seventeenth century, and its use and manufacture reached, at least, until the first quarter of the eighteenth century. Because, for lack of documentation, the workshops responsible for these furniture are unknown and it is unknown if they would only be made in Salamanca or they would also be created in other places, experts have proposed their denomination as "columnillas desks" because this decorative element is the most characteristic in the preserved examples.
Another common feature in Spanish desks of the seventeenth century are the decorative and functional fittings that this piece shows. Designate the great quality of his work and, above all, the partially golden palastro with lions and stars, shells and architectural elements that has already been mentioned. In all cases, and as often happens in this typology, all the metallic elements have been highlighted with a fabric background cut out in polygonal shapes.
The taquillón was a common element of subjection in these desks, allowing to expand the storage space of important documents and other valuable properties inside locked drawers and doors. Also known as "closed foot", is known some example of the first half of the sixteenth century, moment from which it was left to manufacture. In the present case, its decoration based on diamonds is the most common in the examples of the seventeenth century and, being the one that goes with the desk, adds value to the work."


· Size: 112x50x153 cms.

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