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Portable Writing Desk with Geometric Patterns and Moorish Designs
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Portable Writing Desk with Geometric Patterns and Moorish Designs


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description Traditional Islamic decoration, with intricate patterns in inlaid pieces of wood, ivory, and bone (some dyed green), persisted in Spanish furniture long after the last Muslim stronghold of Granada was conquered in 1492. In the 1600s, an image of the Madonna of Mercy wearing the badge of a religious order was set into the central section. Such desks, often placed on stands, were common in upper-class Spanish households and easily transported between residences. The many Spanish residents at the court in Brussels would have brought furnishings from home with them.
Conservation

Drawer pull knob on lower left drawer reattached.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969TreatmentRepaired
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1550-1650 (Late Renaissance)
Medium
walnut wood, boxwood and ebony inlay, bone, iron, partially gilded oil paint
(Wood)
Accession Number
65.22
Measurements
H: 24 7/8 x W: 41 3/4 in. (63.2 x 106 cm)
Geographies
  • Spain (Place of Origin)

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