A beautifully crafted wooden table from Spain, the walnut was hand-carved at the end of the Renaissance (in the 1600’s). As is the case with most Spanish Renaissance tables, the 1 ½” thick single plank top rests upon tightly turned legs. The edges of the top do not have molding or carvings but receive added character from the large dovetail grooves that were used to construct the table.
This table has framing beneath the top plank which houses three horizontally aligned drawers. Each drawer façade has an iron escutcheon in the shape of shield with two engrailed top edges. The keyplate is set within a foliate margent that is surrounded by several layers of molding. Identical carvings and iron plates can be seen on the opposite side of the table, which has faux drawer fronts. Beneath the belt are four turned legs connected by an H-stretcher.
Our 17th century Spanish walnut table is a versatile piece that would instantly transform any room it is placed in. Because both sides are carved, the table can float and would make a fantastic office desk or writing table. The table could also be placed behind a living room sofa or set against a wall in an entryway. Tables such as this were often copied throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, so it is always a pleasure to find an authentic example with such rich patina and character.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, minor nicks and losses as seen in photos. Slight watermarks, light age separations. PLEASE NOTE: Key operates left and right drawer locks, but does not unlock middle drawer. It is advised to use key simply as a “pull” for middle drawer.