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Demonyo Table

Demonyo Table
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Demonyo Table
18th Century
H: 34” x L : 48” x W: 30 1/2” (86 cm x 121 cm x 76 cm)

Lot 110 of the Leon Gallery auction in June 2014. See for details.

Estimate: P 500,000

Provenance: Ilocos

From the auction catalogue:

Ilocos always had a shortage of lumber, so most Ilocano furniture are composed of smaller and thinner pieces of wood than those of Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog.

This particular piece, entirely made of narra, is a rare and very good example of an Ilocano Mesa Altar or Side Table. The top is of the binandeja style, with the central plank framed by thicker planks resting on a carcass with a drawer on either side of an open space decorated with a valance-like cutout. This space between the two drawers are highly unusual and are seldom seen.

The piece is supported by cabriole legs connected at the sides with an apron composed of carved lambrequins that is typical of 18th century Ilocano side tables. The shoulders of the legs are decorated with a beautifully carved gargoyle mask, locally called demonyo. The legs terminate with ball and claw feet resting on a square stretcher supported by square, S-shaped feet.
Date: 2014-06-14 21:28:09

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Sold at auction for PHP 1,168,000.
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