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Sideboard Table
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Filipino sideboard table in the Museo De La Salle collection is a masterpiece of Filipino 19th century domestic furniture. It is considered among the rarest of its kind. It is the most outstanding example of the Baliuag style furniture traditions. The use of Philippine rosewood (tindalo) instead of narra in its construction is a unique departure from tradition; another is the placing of the swag motif encased in simulated paneling on the sides of the table instead of the front where it is usually placed. The front drawers display simulated panels made of a beautiful foliage scroll, inlaid there to encase the drawer pulls made of pendant loops with back plates. Bone floral sprays, graceful and original, adorn the apron, and the edges of the table-top are accented by simulated details of bone inlay. The overall decoration is sober and in good taste.

History of the Object
This Filipino sideboard table, according to research and oral history, was crafted and created in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan, a Philippine province renowned for its excellent application of bone inlay traditions. The table is said to have been formerly owned by the prominent Buencamino family of the said province. Its pair is in the collection of the Casa Manila, a Filipino lifestyle museum located in Intramuros, Manila.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Tindalo Wood (Philippine Rosewood) 
Measurements
72cm x 168cm x 98cm 
Creator name
Filipino Craftsmanship 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1870s 
Function
A Filipino sideboard table with a serpentine front and bone inlay, was used as domestic furniture. Tindalo wood (Philippine rosewood) is used throughout the construction of the table frame. The sideboard table was normally found and used in Filipino dining rooms in the mid to late 19th century. The sideboard table is composed of three drawers standing on six straight legs. 
Acquisition
The Filipino sideboard table was donated by the DM Guevara Foundation to the Museo De La Salle. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museo De La Salle 
Museum
Museo De La Salle of the De La Salle University 
Credit line
Donation from the DM Guevara Foundation 

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