17th century Portuguese rosewood contador

For BADA Week 2023 Howgego Historic + Modern have chosen to feature this remarkable 17th century Portuguese rosewood contador.

A masterpiece of carved ornament, with tremidos or fluted ripple-effect drawer fronts, deep mouldings exhibiting a variety of intricate techniques and patterns, magnificent scrollwork apron on the stand and boldly turned legs.

17th century Portuguese rosewood contadorThe cabinet is in exceptional condition retaining the original pierced brass mounts, locks, iron keys and elaborate carrying handles. The pierced brassware creates reflective contrasts with the dark wood. 

This in combination with the variety of edges, patterns and forms creates interplay between light and shadow which is striking and illuminating, particularly at night. - 

17th century Portuguese rosewood contadorThe front is fitted with four double and four single drawers simulating a front of twelve drawers to create symmetry.

Much prized finely, figured hardwood grain which has not been coated with ebonised varnishes in the 19tht century as is customary. Retaining the original, rare, untouched patina.

Provenance: Private Collection, Lisbon by descent, reputedly in the house for hundreds of years, hence the original condition.