The most distinguishing characteristic of the decorations is the incongruity between the truly valuable items such as a piano and two authentic vargueno desks, and kitschy items such as watercolor paintings of chulas and a large porcelain bulldog (95-96).
(12.) Vargueno desks and pianos were amongst the most prized items in a home (Cruz 75, 106).
The miniature vargueno
pictured, a simple Spanish writing desk, which was produced as a sample or apprentice piece, using marquetry and inlay techniques, illustrates the skills and techniques of which many craftsmen are capable.
is a chest whose cover opens to become a writer's desk, and in which is found an incomplete draft of an autobiography of Charles Sanders Peirce, bearing the title "His Glassy Essence."
Boyd Award for his interpretation of a 17th century Spanish writing cabinet, a vargueno
. Made of sugar pine, its front and sides are richly ornamented with carved figures from nature.
Muebles que todos responden a algo, un vargueno
[sic], varias librerias, una mesa, un divan turco, tapiz alpujarreno en el suelo y en las paredes brocados indios, un primitivo castellano, un lienzo de Echevarria, maravillosa interpretacion de verdes y gracil y caprichosamente repartidos, aqui y alla, idolos chinos, conchas nacaradas, cajas y platos de un valor decorativo imponderable labradas por los aztecas y en el centro un brasero de cobre pesado y conventual que sostiene constante la brasa roja y cenicienta.