A Spanish marquetry cabinet on stand in ivory, tortoiseshell, rosewood, ebonised wood, and gilt metal mounts , late 19th century, bearing an eagle crest and inscribed Isabella Castilla ferrer Bobadilla P.Santeger Cristobal Columbus P. Marchena P.Boyl Cpt Margaret' and TANTO MONTA, GRANADA 1492 , detailing scenes from the life of Christopher Columbus.
237.5cm high, 180cm wide, 54.5cm deep
Provenance: Previously at Great House, Hambledon, Surrey
This form of Spanish cabinet with engraved narrative and pierced gilt metal gallery is reflective of the typical 17th century form known as a papeleira. The eagle crest is believed to be the armorial insignia of Ferdinand II, King of Aragon (1479-1516) and his wife (married 1469) Isabella I, Queen of Castile (1474-1505) thereby uniting Castile with Aragon. The motto TANTA MONTA and the crowned cyphers F and Y, and the badges of a yoke (left) and sheaf of arrows (right) all support this identification. The shield appears to have been borne on the breast of an eagle as Ferdinand was Holy Roman Emperor.
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