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Desk

Unknown1551-1600 (Segunda mitad S. XVI)

Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes

Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes
Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Writing desk in walnut at the front and chestnut on the inside. Construction of the main frame structure with walnut boards assembled at the back at the top and on the upper and lower parts connected with dovetail joints. The studded entablement is set on the frame. Drawers and doors in plywood with the former connected with dovetail joints. Facing of drawers and doors distributed over three lines and three bodies with decorative carving in relief raised over a high plinth with wings and finished off with an entablement with upper and lower cornice with decorations of heads of putti among vegetable motifs. The lower body formed by a central drawer decorated with a vase with fruit over a skull between two angels. On both sides two small ornamented boxes with the haut-relief of a gentleman in full body view leaning against a mantelpiece, at the ends two doors with the heads of a lion. The intermediate body with a central drawer decorated with a representation of St John the Baptist next to the lamb in a landscape with trees. At the sides there are drawers with human heads standing out in a rinceau motif, and on the ends little drawers with the head and torso of angels. The upper body made up of a central drawer with a female head, flanked by two boxes with angels fastening a console showing a bearded face, another one with the angels on the console in which there is a male face. The lintels and panels are carved on their edges with the decoration of a ribbon. The body of the drawers is flanked by two grooved columns on a base with a Corinthian capitel which support the long entablement. Plain side faces with moulded iron wings.

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  • Title: Desk
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1551-1600 (Segunda mitad S. XVI)
  • Location: Castilla, Spain (Europe)
  • Physical Dimensions: h: 87,5 cm; width: 115 cm; depth : 44,5 cm
  • Type: Furniture
  • Medium: carved and assembled wood; hardware: wrought Iron

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