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Early 18th c. Spanish Chest (Arca)

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Early 18th c. Spanish Chest (Arca)

Product Name: Early 18th c. Spanish Chest (Arca)
Product Category: SOLD ITEMS, 17TH C - 19TH C. FURNITURE
Product/Ref Number: Arca
Number of Item: 1
   Width: 55 inches
   Height: 21 inches
   Depth: 18 inches

This is a traditional Spanish Arca or chest dating from the late 17th c. or early 18th c. The arca was chip-carved in chestnut of six board construction. There have been minor restorations to the chest: one of the bottom supports was replaced in the 18th c.; the lock plate is a replacement; a hole at the back has been restored; the original iron hinges have been repositioned because of wear; separation/shrinkage cracks have been filled. The chest retains most of its original waxed finish. Arcas were one of the major pieces of furniture found in Spanish homes of the period. In addition to storage, they were used for seating and as tables. The rusticity of this piece (note the asymetrical carving to the front of the chest) adds character and interest. Most of these rustic arcas suffered major losses due to hundreds of years of use and damage caused by sitting on cold damp floors. It is unusual to find a rustic arca in this condition. This arca would make an interesting coffee table in a country or rustic family room. Thanks for looking.

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Tags: Early 18th C. Spanish Chest, Trunk, Spanish Arca, Chestnut, Chip Carved


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