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18th C. Spanish Colonial Wooden Shelf / Iron Nails
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New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial period, ca. late 18th to early 19th century CE. A gorgeously preserved wooden shelf, made of a rich, lustrous wood that glows warmly in light. The shelf has two large, ovoid hooks and three smaller projecting pegs below a thin upper shelf, with decorative supports on the sides. A lovely antique, hand-crafted piece of furniture. Old iron nails hold the sides, top, and bottom in place, while the hooks and pegs are supported by tenon and mortise joints. Size: 14" L x 115.5" W x 14" H (35.6 cm x 293.4 cm x 35.6 cm)

Much of Mexico during the Spanish colonial period was relatively isolated from the rest of the Spanish Empire and had to be self-sufficient, especially when it came to large goods like this one that would have been very expensive to transport from the large shops of Mexico City. Numerous carpentry shops, run by skilled carpinteros, sprang up to supply settlers with beautiful furnishings like this shelf, cupboards, and other items like chairs and tables. They worked with local junipers and ponderosa pines, types of wood that are likely to crack along the grain, and as a result toned down the more ornate elements of Baroque decoration of Spanish pieces. At this time, Mexican homes - like homes throughout the Spanish Empire - were simple, with furniture used to store most things (rather than having built-in cabinets, for example). Furniture was expensive and prized, and passed down through families as heirlooms.

Provenance: private California, USA collection

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#135146
Condition
Rich patina on wood surface. Small nicks and dings commensurate with age but overall in excellent condition. Two modern aluminum attachments are on the back for suspension.
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18th C. Spanish Colonial Wooden Shelf / Iron Nails

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400
Nov 29, 2018
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Starting Price $750
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0214: 18th C. Spanish Colonial Wooden Shelf / Iron Nails

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Est. $1,600 - $2,400Starting Price $750
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Lot 0214 Details

Description
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New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial period, ca. late 18th to early 19th century CE. A gorgeously preserved wooden shelf, made of a rich, lustrous wood that glows warmly in light. The shelf has two large, ovoid hooks and three smaller projecting pegs below a thin upper shelf, with decorative supports on the sides. A lovely antique, hand-crafted piece of furniture. Old iron nails hold the sides, top, and bottom in place, while the hooks and pegs are supported by tenon and mortise joints. Size: 14" L x 115.5" W x 14" H (35.6 cm x 293.4 cm x 35.6 cm)

Much of Mexico during the Spanish colonial period was relatively isolated from the rest of the Spanish Empire and had to be self-sufficient, especially when it came to large goods like this one that would have been very expensive to transport from the large shops of Mexico City. Numerous carpentry shops, run by skilled carpinteros, sprang up to supply settlers with beautiful furnishings like this shelf, cupboards, and other items like chairs and tables. They worked with local junipers and ponderosa pines, types of wood that are likely to crack along the grain, and as a result toned down the more ornate elements of Baroque decoration of Spanish pieces. At this time, Mexican homes - like homes throughout the Spanish Empire - were simple, with furniture used to store most things (rather than having built-in cabinets, for example). Furniture was expensive and prized, and passed down through families as heirlooms.

Provenance: private California, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#135146
Condition
...
Rich patina on wood surface. Small nicks and dings commensurate with age but overall in excellent condition. Two modern aluminum attachments are on the back for suspension.

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