With two lockable compartments on the front façade, this studded leather trunk is a very unique storage piece. Hand-crafted in Spain during the 1700s, the trunk is well-engineered, with adequate storage space in the interior in addition to four pull-out drawers.
The domed top trunk has been covered with dark brown leather affixed by hundreds of brass nailheads, mainly orientated in S-scroll patterns. A pendant hasp (which still aligns with the keyplate) also functions as a pull for the lid. The pierced foliate escutcheon on the facing has two similar half-columns flanking the old keyhole, although the lock has been removed. There are still two functioning locks, one that opens the drawer (2 ¾” H x 26 ¼” W x 15 ¾” D) in the lower left corner of the trunk, and another for the door in the lower right that fronts three drawers with circular pulls (2 ¼” H x 15 ½” W x 15 ½” D). All four drawers and the inside of the door are lined with a teal fabric that is also used on the split-level compartments beneath the lid. Four carved and stylized wooden paw feet raise the trunk off the floor, which tell us this was not intended to serve as a traveling trunk. These feet not only make for a grander presentation, but furniture makers knew that it would help prevent damage from mold and insects, as floors in the 18th century were typically very damp. Today our highly decorative Spanish studded leather trunk with lockable compartments can be used in any room that requires storage.
CONDITION: Strong antique condition with chapping to leather and acceptable losses, commensurate to 300-year-old leather. Minor rubs to wood feet. Some missing nailheads with replacements to others. Light losses and stains to all interior linings. Two functioning locks, each with its own key (smaller key for the three-door compartment; larger key for the single drawer).