The Bargueno desks estimated at €3000 at Subastas Segre in Madrid.

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Subastas Segre in Madrid will offer a fine example in its next auction series on February 6-8.

Constructed of walnut, the sumptuous interior is covered with gold decoration and bone inlay typical of the 16th and 17th centuries and contains several secret compartments.

The desks were designed to be portable to allow them to travel with the court, hence the handles on the sides.

It measures 2ft 4in x 17in x 3ft 8in (72cm x 43cm x 1.12m), sits on a pie de puente, or stand, which measures 2ft 9in (84cm), and is estimated to fetch €3000.