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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 173

    A HISPANO-MORESQUE VARGUENO

    SPAIN, 16TH CENTURY ON LATER TRESTLE STAND

    Price Realised  

    A HISPANO-MORESQUE VARGUENO
    SPAIN, 16TH CENTURY ON LATER TRESTLE STAND
    Of rectangular shape with two side handles, the fall-front concealing an arrangement of nine drawers, all surfaces decorated with inlaid bone forming various geometric motifs, on later trestle stand with similar bone inlay
    49½ x 35¼ x 17¼in. (125.5 x 89.6 x 43.7cm.)


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    A very similar vargueno, dated to the 16th century, is in the collection of the Hispanic Society (Grace Hardendorff Burr, Hispanic Furniture from the 15th through the 18th Century, New York, 1964, fig. 127, pp.134-37). Although in that example the decoration is architectural and is centred around an armorial, the technique is the same and elements of the decorative repertoire are echoed. For example the inlaid roundels, reciprocal triangle borders and even the brass, vase-shaped, drop pulls. Whilst in that example the quartered armorial (in which only two of the quarters are legible and include a lion rampant and three cauldrons) indicate a Christian provenance; in the present example a series of crosses (found on the lower bar of the trestle stand and on the two bars which extend to support the drop front) do the same. Whilst this was made for a Christian patron, the decoration owes all its inspiration to Moorish inlaid woodwork.

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