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A SPANISH BRASS-MOUNTED RED LEATHER TRAVELLING ALTAR
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A SPANISH BRASS-MOUNTED RED LEATHER TRAVELLING ALTAR

FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

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A SPANISH BRASS-MOUNTED RED LEATHER TRAVELLING ALTAR
FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
Of rectangular shape, the panelled interior embellished with guilloche-bordered star motif above a rectangular reserve set with a drawing and flanked by two oval reserves and three panels with latin inscriptions, above a vine and foliate-mounted gilt frieze, the hinged sides above a flap revealing a green-painted drawer, with five different black, ivory, green, purple and red floral damask fabric panels to dress up the tabernacle base, the sides mounted with ormolu handles, the hinged and retractable red-painted trestle legs fitted with folding metal brackets, on cups and castors, the leather possibly replaced
88½ in. (225 cm.) high; 69¾ in. (177 cm.) wide; 24¾ in. (63,5 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

This portable altar, which folds into a compact, easily transportable leather trunk, reflects the continuing importance of religion in great households. A similar colonial example of the late 18th Century is illustrated in Converging Cultures, Art & Identity in Spanish America, exhibition catalogue, 1996, The Brooklyn Museum, p. 248, no. 104.
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