ITALIAN STYLE “BARGUEÑO”, TORTOISESHELL AND WOOD, 18TH CENTURY.

Antiques - Furniture
Reference: Z6811

Bargueño Italian style, 18th century.
Hawksbill, wood and gilded bronze.
Uncovered sample desk made of wood, with the central part advanced and highlighted with a double chapel of architectural composition. Each of the sides has five drawers with the front decorated with tortoiseshell and an elaborate golden bronze lock shield (two rampant lions faced, located on a garland and with a shield crowned between them, in which the hollow of the key). The center of the front has two levels: the lower one has four columns with éntasis, two on each side and joined by an entablature and a top finish in dark wood, and a series of gold metal elements in the center between which it stands out, sheltered under a semicircular arch, the figure of Hercules fighting against Caco (the giant who terrorized the Palatine Hill before the foundation of Rome); the upper one has some moldings forming some recesses, with an important heraldic shield in the center, all enhanced with volutes towards the sides, and different elements in gilded metal, of classicist inspiration.
The general scheme of the furniture responds to a very widespread and valued model in seventeenth-century Europe, of which the best examples have been, as a rule, those of Italian manufacture, and which is continued in the eighteenth century without breaking the compositional clarity of the one that shows in this frontal but yes changing slight decorative details and elements in the area of \u200b\u200bthe central chapel, above all.
The practice of using tortoiseshell plates in furniture resurfaced in Europe during the seventeenth century. The high price and high demand for furniture with sea turtle shell can be explained by the scarcity of material, which was essential to import (usually from Central America) and that, for their work, a highly specialized workforce was required. As is normal for this type of furniture, also called "litter bins" because it contains important documents, the tortoiseshell plates were very often highlighted with decorations in gilded metal, being very normal the use of bronze for it."


· Size: 69x137x160 cms.

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