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18th C. Spanish Colonial Painted Wood Chest
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Spanish Colonial, Peru, mid 18th century. A rare find indeed, this hand-built, hand-carved, and hand-painted wooden Spanish Colonial chest features marvelous figural and decorative compositions as well as an original ornate iron hasp lock of a stylized floral/rosette form with impressive detailing. On the front panel is an intriguing narrative featuring a couple donning fine European garments on horseback with a procession of indigenous peoples wearing native dress and feathered headbands, and carrying banners and wares, with dogs scampering along and parrots flying above. The lid presents a dramatic composition featuring several colonists struggling to reign in oxen with a village perched on a hilltop, swooping parrots, and lush flora in the background. This scene is framed by a beautiful floral border. Adorning the underside of the lid are festoons of flowers in vibrant red, blue, yellow, and green hues against a white ground. The entire form sits upon lovely rounded feet. This piece is a museum-quality Spanish Colonial treasure that presents remarkable scenes with historically accurate costuming, firearms, and horse equipment. Size: 37.5" L x 16.5" W x 24.875" H (95.2 cm x 41.9 cm x 63.2 cm)

But that's not all! The iconographical program continues on the two remaining sides. On one end of the chest are the head and hands of a human or perhaps mythical figure who is holding a platter of corn. His Caucasian visage faces out with a white lace collar and a red hat; the word "Invierno" (Spanish for winter) is written on a billowing ribbon/banner above; finally, wheat stalks flank his face. On the opposite end is another figure of a similar phenotype and dress, this one holding a platter of fish and chicken, with the word "Verano" (Spanish for summer) written on a billowing ribbon/banner above, and fruited vines surrounding his face. Truly an amazing work of visual culture, replete with the utmost artistry, technique, and informative iconography.

Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; acquired in 2015 years ago from an art dealer in Santa Barbara, California, USA who had acquired it from Mexico City in the early 2000s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

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Condition
Expected age wear to the surface with scuffs, scratches, nicks, and some softening, darkening, and losses to the painted imagery. This said, the imagery still retains most of its details. There is a 1.5" in diameter hole on the lower back panel of the trunk as shown. The two panels of the front face are secured together via wood attached on the verso (an old repair). There is some separation between panels, also between panels and moldings; however, the form is still very good. Trunk does not actually lock as the key is lost. The lock has developed a wonderful age patina.
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18th C. Spanish Colonial Painted Wood Chest

Estimate $11,000 - $15,000
Feb 13, 2020
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0133: 18th C. Spanish Colonial Painted Wood Chest

Sold for $6,500
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Est. $11,000 - $15,000Starting Price $5,500
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Lot 0133 Details

Description
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Spanish Colonial, Peru, mid 18th century. A rare find indeed, this hand-built, hand-carved, and hand-painted wooden Spanish Colonial chest features marvelous figural and decorative compositions as well as an original ornate iron hasp lock of a stylized floral/rosette form with impressive detailing. On the front panel is an intriguing narrative featuring a couple donning fine European garments on horseback with a procession of indigenous peoples wearing native dress and feathered headbands, and carrying banners and wares, with dogs scampering along and parrots flying above. The lid presents a dramatic composition featuring several colonists struggling to reign in oxen with a village perched on a hilltop, swooping parrots, and lush flora in the background. This scene is framed by a beautiful floral border. Adorning the underside of the lid are festoons of flowers in vibrant red, blue, yellow, and green hues against a white ground. The entire form sits upon lovely rounded feet. This piece is a museum-quality Spanish Colonial treasure that presents remarkable scenes with historically accurate costuming, firearms, and horse equipment. Size: 37.5" L x 16.5" W x 24.875" H (95.2 cm x 41.9 cm x 63.2 cm)

But that's not all! The iconographical program continues on the two remaining sides. On one end of the chest are the head and hands of a human or perhaps mythical figure who is holding a platter of corn. His Caucasian visage faces out with a white lace collar and a red hat; the word "Invierno" (Spanish for winter) is written on a billowing ribbon/banner above; finally, wheat stalks flank his face. On the opposite end is another figure of a similar phenotype and dress, this one holding a platter of fish and chicken, with the word "Verano" (Spanish for summer) written on a billowing ribbon/banner above, and fruited vines surrounding his face. Truly an amazing work of visual culture, replete with the utmost artistry, technique, and informative iconography.

Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; acquired in 2015 years ago from an art dealer in Santa Barbara, California, USA who had acquired it from Mexico City in the early 2000s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#149227
Condition
...
Expected age wear to the surface with scuffs, scratches, nicks, and some softening, darkening, and losses to the painted imagery. This said, the imagery still retains most of its details. There is a 1.5" in diameter hole on the lower back panel of the trunk as shown. The two panels of the front face are secured together via wood attached on the verso (an old repair). There is some separation between panels, also between panels and moldings; however, the form is still very good. Trunk does not actually lock as the key is lost. The lock has developed a wonderful age patina.

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