This beautiful single plank walnut table from Spain was produced during the late Renaissance, circa 1600. Tables of this type, with geometrical foliate patterned carving, underframing, H-stretchers, and unornamented tops first appeared in the 1500s and would continue into the late 1600s.
True to Spanish tables of this era, this table has a top with no ornamentation to the edges. The rectangular top sits on transverse pieces that are dovetailed into the underside of the top, and beneath this, are a set of three drawers, each adorned with geometric patterns carved in low relief. The drawers are separated by scrolled brackets carved in cyma reversa. Each drawer also contains two iron pulls that are attached to floral escutcheons, flanking a diamond motif. On two of the three drawers, the diamond is surrounded by the same geometric shapes that are on the drawer fronts. A very similar repeating pattern that has been gouge carved can be seen on the outward flared molding at the bottom of the underframing. The back side of the table mirrors the front, with the exception of the diamonds and the pulls/escutcheons. The motifs and the distribution of the carvings are all typical of Spanish tables from this era.
The straight legs of this table are turned, terminating in blocks that rest on bun feet. The H-shaped stretcher helps provide stability and is also consistent with other tables of the period.
This impressive and very old Spanish table can be used as a center table or, despite the carvings on the back side, as a console table or entry piece.
CONDITION: Staining and slight indentation to the top. Small section of the underframing has old wood worm holes. Wear commensurate with the age and use (nicks, rubs, etc).