Courtesy ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
8. Hispano-Moresque Vargueña Taquillón, ca. 1760
Appraised Insurance Value: $10,000 - $15,000

"The piece originated from an estate in England and belonged to the VP of Liberty’s of London, a fabric design house, before being passed to his daughter and later sold at auction. It was made to recreate the 15th century style desk that became and remained very popular for around 400 years. The Spanish, who created this design, made the desks with the intent to store valuables in the ornate cubbies that then lock up when the desk table folds upwards. The desk is also portable and was used for traveling. The “Moresque,” aspect comes from the red and green designs found on the cubbies."