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17th Century Catalan Walnut Wood Desk

"Renaissance tables were generally upheld either by turned or carved legs, or else by splayed trestle supports of approximately lyre shape (v. seventeenth century types shewn in Plates 121a and b. 121b no Stretcher nor Brace)- The Practical Book Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese Furniture. Harold Donaldson Eberlein Roger Wearne Ramsdell Copyright 1927 By J.B. Lippincott Company

This beautifully hand carved desk made from walnut wood is from the northern region of current day Spain. The piece has decorative motifs that were found in Basque country, Bearn region of France, and Catalonia. The top has two thick slabs of walnut wood with dovetail construction. This rests upon decorative brackets or modillions that have motifs of quatrefoils with a floret at the center and small stars in each foil. This motif is carried over to the front of the desk along with a larger version of circular floral motifs. The chair side has two drawers with the same large floral motifs and it has an opening for the chair and your legs.  This may have been a drawer that was removed so it could be made into a desk. The legs are lyre in shape which was often used on Catalan pieces. This is also perfect as console or sofa table as well.

CONDITION:  Good antique condition with age separations, nicks, very old stains to top, and minor losses/old wood worm to motifs. Wear to underside of some feet

H=30 7/8, L=74 1/4, D=32 1/8 Leg Opening is 16 1/4 inches wide
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