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A Spanish term, first used in the 1870s, for a writing desk, and named after the town of Vargas in Castile where such desks were supposed to have been made in the 16th and 17th centuries. More accurately described as escritorios, these desks have a drop front and rest on a chest or a trestle stand. Their interiors are often elaborately decorated with ebony, tortoiseshell, ivory, or other inlays in elaborate geometrical patterns.

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