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Drop-front desk on chest (Vargueño)

17th century
Carved, gilded, and partly gilded painted bone; wrought iron
Total H.: 63-3/8 in. (160 cm); a) 38 x 44 x 17 in. (96.5 x 111.8 x 43.2 cm); b) 27 x 43 x 16-3/8 in. (68.6 x 109.2 x 41.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the Duchesse de Richelieu, 1960
Accession Number:
60.52a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 535
The intricate geometric patterning of this distinctively Spanish type of traveling desk shows the fondness for Islamic design that survived long after the Reconquest.
Raimundo Ruíz (until 1925; sale, American Art Association, New York, December 9–12, 1925, no. 579); The Duchesse of Richelieu (until 1960; to MMA)
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