• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 57

    A Spanish iron-mounted, parcel-gilt and bone inlaid walnut 'papelara'


    Price Realised  


    A Spanish iron-mounted, parcel-gilt and bone inlaid walnut 'papelara'
    First half 17th Century
    The rectangular top above ten variously sized drawers and two cupboard doors, each decorated with spiral columns, flanked by carrying handles to the sides
    55 cm. high x 89 cm. wide x 40 cm. deep

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    The 17th Century Spanish cabinets of the papelera and escritorio types, which had developed from the 16th Century fall-front vargueños were very representative of the mudejar or Hispano-Moresque style. Vargueños were typically decorated with an architectural façade fitted with small ivory plaques and often embellished with bronze mounts while the papeleras, a later and more ostentatious adaptation of the vargueño, were fitted with neither a fall-front nor doors.

    A comparable papelera is illustrated in Monique Riccardi-Cubitt, Le Cabinet, Paris, 1993, p. 186, cat. nr. 10.

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