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Coffer

Coffer

Inv. No. CE3/00103

This walnut coffer or writing desk displays Carthusian marquetry which covers all surfaces with geometric patterns composed of circles and stars.

It has a frontal flap with a lock and an upper lid. Inside, there are five drawers and space where there would have originally been a smaller sixth drawer.

This type of furniture of Mudejar origin and design was popular in every kingdom of the Iberian Peninsula and was used to store documents, like a desk with a drop-leaf flap. When used as a desk, a protective leather cover was often put on this flap. Due to its size, it is thought of as a “stand-up desk”, preferably used by aristocratic women.

It is dated between the late 16th century and the early 17th century.

Item displayed in the Antechamber, first floor.

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