New Mexican Ripesa (Shelf) Circa 1890

Item: 1538

Origin: New Mexico Spanish Colonial
Date: Circa 1890
Media: Wood, paint
Dimensions: 47.5″ long, 6.25″ wide, 19.5″ tall

Description:  This is a rare ripesa, or shelf, likely made for a Spanish Colonial household in Northern New Mexico. The three circular elements used as decoration for the top portion are a classic design used on chairs and benches during this period.  The bold, continuous saw cut to the trim on the three layers is another commonly used design feature.   The paint is original, but is likely not the first layer as there is evidence of other colors.  The limited depth to this shelf suggest it may have been used for cups, saucers, plates, etc.   The whole shelf is a wonderful object all to itself and it does not require to hold anything.  It’s an impressive added feature for any home.

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Condition: Condition is original with no restoration.

Provenance: From a private collection in Albuquerque.

Price: Sold

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