Papelera on Puente Stand

17th century

Walnut inlaid with bone and wrought-iron mounts

Gift of Miss Marie G. Williams


Papelera is the Spanish term given to any type of chest used to hold documents, papers, and writing materials. In particular, the term was applied to an oblong Renaissance chest, similar to the vargueño (wooden cabinet of mixed Spanish and Oriental origin) but without the drop front. Notable for its skillfully executed and exuberantly rich decoration, and often with carved colonnettes and pilasters, this type of chest was Spain’s most distinctive and finest piece of cabinet work. The Puente stand is a trestle table, designed to hold this kind of cabinet.

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