Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12, Lot 27 Ribera
Title: Incomplete Inventory from Ribera House - A Note on Furnishings 361
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Title: Incomplete Inventory from Ribera House - A Note on Furnishings 361
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12, Lot 27 Ribera
Physical Description: Inventory
Language: English
Physical Location:
Box: 5
Divider: Block 12 Lot 27
Folder: Ribera B12-L27
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
22 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Ribera House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 22 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.897022 x -81.313485
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: B12-L27

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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
serving top.

4. Small chest used for storage and seating Its carvings are Moorish
designs. C-

5. Mayolica

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.

East Room

1. Crudely made vag* table

2. Small stand for embroidery


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3. Papelera a type of vargueno without a writing lid.

4. Prayer chair small side chair. The seat flips up
kneeling bench.

for use as a

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5. Chest on stand reproduction of-an 18th.ceituw-y-9Oligaian piece,
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West Room
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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'"-


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