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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 182

    A SPANISH GOLD AND SILVER-DAMASCENED FORGED-IRON PHOTOGRAPH FRAME

    BY PLÁCIDO ZULOAGA, EIBAR, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A SPANISH GOLD AND SILVER-DAMASCENED FORGED-IRON PHOTOGRAPH FRAME
    BY PLÁCIDO ZULOAGA, EIBAR, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The scrolled crest decorated with foliage, arabesques and fruit swags, the beaded channelled frame similarly decorated with scrolling foliage and rosettes, enclosing a bevelled glass, on a pierced scrolled foot, the shaped back support incised to the top PZ
    10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm.) high; 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) wide


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    Born into a family of Spanish Royal Armourers, Plácido Zuloaga (d. 1910) went on to become one of the greatest masters of the decorative art of damascening, praised in his day as 'a second Benvenuto Cellini'. His first recognition as an artist came in 1855 when, together with his father Eusebio, he inspired the following comments for work shown at the Paris Exposition Universelle: 'One cannot praise too highly the arms and other metal objects presented by the Sres. Zuloaga, father and son; [...] iron-chiselling, damascene, etching and repoussé never had interpreters of such obvious and varied talent' (Anon. Visite à l'Exposition Universelle de Paris, Paris, 1855, p. 121).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN