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A SPANISH WALNUT CENTRE TABLE, 17TH CENTURY

A SPANISH WALNUT CENTRE TABLE, 17TH CENTURY

A SPANISH WALNUT CENTRE TABLE, 17TH CENTURY

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A SPANISH WALNUT CENTRE TABLE, 17TH CENTURY


the top formed of two boards with cleated ends, on trestle supports joined by wrought iron stretchers, each trestle of stylised arabesque form with leaf carved outer edges and scroll feet

80.5cm. high, 172cm. long, 96cm. deep; 2ft. 7¾in., 5ft. 7¾in., 3ft. 2¾in.


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An atmospheric table in overall reasonable conserved condition consistent with age and much use. The top of wonderful colour and patina particularly to the encrusted cleated ends and displaying old marks, chips and scratches including some ring marks. The two planks have separated a bit through shrinkage leaving a thin gap and one plank with small age split. One corner with a small area that appears to have been exposed to repeated wear and is slightly dished out. Trestle ends have lovely wear to the stretchers from centuries of rubbing and much evidence of old worm damage to feet and other areas which appears to be no longer active. A number of historic repairs including patches, pegs and a crude metal bracket to one foot. These are largely related to the degradation of timber from aforementioned worm damage. Chips and loses to carved detail as to be expected. A rare survivor which oozes character.


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The present table embodies the characteristics of Spanish furniture: sobriety and a serenity of line. Perhaps the most authentic form of Spanish furniture, the trestle table features a thick slab of walnut with iron fasteners or fiadores springing from the chambrana (stretcher) which joins each pair of feet terminating with a scroll. Practicality certainly determined the structure of this piece of furniture, tables like this could be moved and transported very easily. But as the structure became perfected from the early 17th century, the form became purer and decorative element were added, as the present features carved stylized foliage along the legs and boldly carved stretchers. Related examples are illustrated in L. Feduchi, El Mueble Español, 1969, p. 112 and a very similar table was sold Christie's London, 9 November 2006, lot 352.