purpose attitude. The table used in the aforementioned dining room
might also double as a bed at night.
Stylistically furniture at the Ribera house reflects the designs of
15th and 16th-century Spain. This period is sometimes known as the
Renaissance or "Golden Age" of Spanish art and design. These simple,
straightforward and functional designs have been manufactured to $*
present day in Spain and Latin America.
East Room Ground Floor -
1. brasero- This piece consists basically of a metal pan, usually brass
or copper, mounted on an iron or wooden stand. It is the
principal source of heat for many Spanish homes. It is
fueled with live coals and even more commonly (in Spain)
with olive pits. 0A C-)
2. Large chest-used principally for storage but could also supply extra
seating and table space. Note the runners which elevate
the piece to prevent moisture damage. (Aiel C-_<-)
3. vargueno (Bargueno) a chest with a hinged front that opens to re-
veal numerous small drawers, believed to have first
been made in the Spanish town of Vargas near Toledo.
A type of portable desk. (-' I s)
4. Carved Santo (from Mexico) general term used to refer to any
carved three-dimensional representation of a saint.
Most households possessed some image of their patron
saint. This patron often related to the occupation of
the owner (IJ4~ CLt+)
/5-5-. -Large shesgsof drawers (from Columbia) use dipally for
storage but serives-~ ti fiction in this house--as
a family altar. The arare ed with folk
art carvings of palm trees. (JT Cc k )
6. Large refractory table a type of work or serving table not really
meant to be sat at. Note the geometrized carvings which
reflect the Moorish influence upon Spanish design. t (I q
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7. Four chases-- three leather covered with decorative brass nails and
one solid wood reproduction of a Columbian piece. ( ? a 4-^- c -k-
West Room Ground Floor
1. Large dining table despite its massive proportions, this piece
can be easily disassembled for storage and moving. This 4Ae-' E
portability is a common characteristic of Spanish furniture. -(j 1 f C- "-L
2. alacena A common storage cabinet often found- in Spain and Latin /
America, used principally for storage of food and vessels. I C
3. Sideboard serves the same purpose as the alacena but with a
4. Small chest used for storage and seating Its carvings are Moorish
Ware Spanish or Spanish colonial tin-glazed earthenware.
Common household ceramic which is often found decorated
with blue and white designs as well as polychrome variations.
1. Three reproduction benches
2. Parakeets green parakeets are native to the southeast United States.
Upstairs Southeast Room
1. Straw filled mats provide sleeping comfort.
2. Side chest for storage
3. Wooden pegs clothes storage.
1. Crudely made vag* table
2. Small stand for embroidery
3. Papelera a type of vargueno without a writing lid.
4. Prayer chair small side chair. The seat flips up
for use as a
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5. Chest on stand reproduction of-an 18th.ceituw-y-9Oligaian piece,
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Bed full size I '
Wash stand majolica bowl -
Spinning wheel F-L O W - I -
Wool winder 1
Leather trunk -
Small chest of drawers with inlaid decorations used here as an
altar for private devotions. I _-2 C -c t)
Small santo in glass case Mexican -
Armario A large, usually two, door, wooden cabinet which serves
as a clothes closet, sometimes called a Guardarropa. _
Child' s crib. Lt
Two wooden trunks -storage. lC'"-