Early 17th Century Spanish Table Chest, "Arquimesa", Chestnut For Sale
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Early 17th Century Spanish Table Chest, "Arquimesa", Chestnut


A beautifully preserved early 17th Century table chest ("arquimesa") in chestnut from the north of the province of Navarra, Spain. Featuring delicate carving on the edges of the top, exquisitely carved floral motifs, fans, gargoyles and mythological creatures on all four sides of the skirt, thick turned legs and original lustrous patina over the entire surface, tables like this were created with the purpose of hiding valuables in plain sight. With cleverly hidden hinges placed on one side of the table, the entire top lifts up to reveal a 12"+ deep secret compartment where money, jewelry, documents and maps would have been concealed. We have only seen a few period "arquimesas" in 45+ years of traveling the length and breadth of Spain, and certainly none in such fine condition as this particular table chest.


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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.63 in. x W 51.63 in. x D 27.13 in.H 82.89 cm x W 131.15 cm x D 68.92 cm
  • Seller Location
    Santa Fe, NM
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