Furniture of Spanish New Mexico
Traditional Spanish New Mexican furniture can best be characterized as simple, having straight lines and good, honest proportions, all of which give these pieces a particular type of dignity. As is true of other handmade objects in a given society, furniture made in New Mexico mirrored the lives of New Mexicans in the 18th and 19th centuries--isolation and a rugged existence. The earliest furniture was made for churches and a few rich families. Even well into the 19th century, the average home was devoid of pieces considered common today: chairs, tables and beds. The author regards the traditional period in Spanish New Mexican furniture to begin about 1776 and extend until almost 1900. The pieces in this book illustrate the important contributions made by the Spanish in the 18th and 19th centuries to this form of the decorative arts.
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19th century Owner adzed and planed alacena appliqued author has seen bench boards chamfered Chihuahua Trail chip carved Circa 1800 Owner Colonial Arts Society cupboard curve cutouts Date David Donoho daybed decoration designs dovetailed doweled drawer edge Empire style escutcheon Eyelet hinges ﬂoor frame front crest front legs front stretcher gessoed and painted hand adzed hand planed hand-carved spindles handsome hasp horizontal illustrated inﬂuences last half Owner last quarter Owner later addition Laura Gilpin loan maker Measurements Mexican furniture Mexico Accession Number moldings mortise and tenon Mudejar Museum in Britain nails original overhang panels Photographer pieces of wood pine Private Collection puncheon doors rawhide repisa rosette Santa Fe Trail santero santos scallops seat 16 seat rail second half Owner second quarter Owner shaped similar simple skirts Spanish Colonial Arts Spanish New Mexican splats spools storage taramita tenon construction tongue and groove trastero typical uprights