Grand 17th Century Spanish Renaissance Commode

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43H x 68.5W x 24.5D

Location: Dallas


Grand 17th Century Spanish Renaissance Commode is an amazing work especially when one considers the relatively crude tools that were used to create it, all by painstaking hand work!  Commissioned by an aristocrat who would be the only type of customer able to afford such a work, it features full mortise & tenon construction and vertical, chamfered panels on the back indicating a high level of meticulous attention to detail.  Six raised, chamfered panels also appear on each side making it an attractive piece from all angles.  The facade, however, steals the show with lavishly carved cornerposts representing the bounty of the earth in glorious full relief, both of which flank the three enormous full width drawers.  The drawers are carved with undulating laurel sprigs and tips of acanthus plumes, then fitted with forged iron squared bale pulls.  Between the drawers, at the top and on the apron appear more foliate motifs in a repetitive overlay pattern.  The pattern is the only part of the equation that is truly repetitive, as everything was carved by hand so each section exudes its own nuances.  One can only imagine the castle for which this masterpiece was created!
Circa 1680s
Measures 43H x 68.5W x 24.5D