A superb 17th century Spanish colonial fruitwood 'escribania' with finely crafted mahogany, cedar and bone marquetry inlay, hand etched sgraffito and original hand forged iron hinges, hasp and lock-plate, all backed with original red felt. The lidded top with original 17th century hand painted oil on copper painting of 'San Luis Rey'. Finished on all sides with four finely crafted interior drawers and original bun feet. Overall, a colonial masterpiece of the highest caliber.
Münzschrank aus dem Besitz EH Ferdinands II. von Tirol. Augsburg um 1580. Ebenholz, Elfenbein, Bronze, vergoldet, Bergkristalle, Perlen, Glassteine. H. 86 cm. -Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer-
1600 Italian (Naples) Cabinet at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "After annexing Portugal in 1580, Spain gained a monopoly of trade in Indian ivory and ebony, the most luxurious furniture-making materials then available. By the 1590s cabinets with ebony veneers and engraved ivory plaques were the height of fashion in Spain. The best examples were made in Italy at Naples, the most important of Spain's territories in Europe..."