Writing Desk with The Visitation (oil painting on inner lid)
A writing cabinet or desk, in cedar or cypress, made in the Azores, 16th century. Fitted with a hinged lid enclosing five drawers and painted in oil with a half-length of The Visitation with the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth, both expecting children (John the Baptist and Jesus Christ), recorded in the biblical Gospel of Luke (1:39–56). Around the border of the front is inscribed: N. HOC/COG/NOVIT/ORVOL/VISTME.
Included on 1942 inventory of furniture.
Coelho 2020: Maria Ines Simoes Coelho, Trading Chests: studies into the presence of Azorean chests in England, unpublished dissertation, December 2020, Figures 17-21, pp. 63-7