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Writing Desk

<p>Writing desk, last quarter of the sixteenth century-early seventeenth century, Castile. Walnut, pine and black poplar, with wrought iron applications.</p>

Writing desk, last quarter of the sixteenth century-early seventeenth century, Castile. Walnut, pine and black poplar, with wrought iron applications.

This writing desk in two pieces was made between the last quarter of the sixteenth century and the early seventeenth century. It is made of walnut, pine, black poplar and wrought iron.

In spite of the decorative sobriety, the influence of the classicism of the Italian Renaissance is clear, as interpreted through the Mannerist style.

Although the name refers to the specific task of writing, these writing desks or pieces of furniture with desktop and drawers, were fundamentally containers for all kinds of small objects, papers and documents. The retractable cover could only with difficulty withstand the writing desk, which does not mean that it would not be used for writing upon occasion, as seen by the fact that in the lower drawers there are ink stains.

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