18th C Spanish Continental Cedar Vargueno Cabinet Box Wood Inlay Marquetry Papeleira Forged Iron Lock Key - image 1 of 16

This is an amazing 17th or most likely 18th century Spanish Colonial or Continental vargueno/ cabinet. The work is incredible and usually you find this type with religious themes. This one has various scenes with inlay of lighter wood and cedar along with slivers of some other material, for added enhancement (I thought was bone but when I did the hot pin test, it is definitely not bone (or ivory). I need to do more research on the white inlay to figure out what that is. The box has a nice geometric diamond pattern inlay all around the exterior borders along with scrolls flowers and leaves.

The top shows a young courting couple with mountains in the background, trees, a basket and a couple sheep or lambs. You can also see a bird flying overhead probably looking for a bite to eat or perhaps religious symbolism. The front shows a village celebration with a woman in long dress and veil dancing and men drinking with kids looking out the window. There are sheep and a horse laying around as well.

Drop the lid and inside there are 6 drawers with inlay on each and a neoclassical urn with floral designs and perhaps bellflowers. There are 4 bun feet and they are not quite even as the box wobbles front to back and I will try to correct this if I can. The lock and key appear original and are wrought iron and wire hinged on the lid.
In overall very good condition considering the age. The cabinet exhibits the normal restorations, perhaps, wear and shrinkage that one would expect of a piece of this period. Some missing inlay and I really am amazed at the condition so perhaps it has some restorations and/or just well taken care of. Nice and heavy for its size.

It is about 19.5" wide, 13 5/8" tall and 10 3/8" deep. Lock works okay you have to play with it but, it's old. I am sure there was a stand for it originally but all I have is the cabinet. Just an incredibly gorgeous piece.

bedroom, entrance, guest bedroom, hallway, landing, library, living room, master bedroom, office
10.5" (27 cm)
Anglo Indian, Spanish Colonial
19.5" (50 cm)
13.5" (34 cm)
Europe • European
18th Century
Wood, Wrought Iron

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18th C Spanish Continental Cedar Vargueno Cabinet Box Wood Inlay Marquetry Papeleira Forged Iron Lock Key


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