CHEST. WOOD, GILT IRON, RED VELVET. 16TH CENTURY.

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Reference: ZF0122

"Rehearsed" box. Wood, lined in velvet, gold iron hardware. Century XVI.
Rectangular base casket and smooth walls with sloping sides and top straight (truncated pyramid) made of carved wood. It stands out, above all, for still presenting (and in a remarkable state of conservation) the red velvet with which some of the main examples of this type of works used to be lined, and for maintaining some elaborate ironworks in its decoration and with gold in numerous areas . The three fittings that connect the lid with the base have plant-shaped terminations reminiscent of flordelised examples; the top handle has a disc in the center and sharpened finials; the shield of the lock is reminiscent of a heraldic one, topped with another simple vegetal element, and the bolt that joins it to the leg has simple architectural forms; On the right, in addition, there is a hook to prevent accidental opening of the chest when opening the lock. Inside, diaphanous and without compartmentalisation, it has a fine textile upholstery in a color similar to that of the outer velvet.
This type of chests or arches covered in fabric (the examples that have velvet are the highest quality, since this is a textile made with silk or linen) is very common already in Spain during the fifteenth century, extending in the sixteenth century , being characteristic elements of the time of the Catholic Monarchs. As for the presence of a lining inside, it is due to the clear intention of preserving in the best possible state the contents of such a rich chest, saving them from the possible damages that the nails of the fittings could cause to the valuable objects that are they kept in this type of containers, which is why two hooks were also placed flanking the lock to prevent accidental opening once the key was turned. As for the color, note that the most expensive dyes were red and blue, so these were the most expensive and valuable copies.
As indicated, it is not usual that the velvet so old still retains its characteristic hair, reducing the number of works with which we can compare the present case. It is much smaller than the trunk of pine wood lined in silk velvet, with iron fittings, which preserves the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid, made in Castilla between the last quarter of the fifteenth century and the first of the sixteenth."


· Size: 27x14x16 cms.

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