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19th Century Mexican Lacquered Box

US$2,340

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This chest from the 19th century is a majestic example of the technique known as ‘maque’, or lacquer, developed in Mexico over the centuries. It is lacquered in an orange background and profusely decorated on all sides. On its front a the ornament of two symmetrical Mexican flags and flowers are represented: also appears the name "RAMONA MEJIA" who was the name of the owner, it comes from the viceregal tradition ; on the sides and on the lid appear various plants and wild animals, such as cats, birds and the emblematic eagle standing on the nopal. The various sets of images are framed by borders and decorative patterns. The interior, lacquered in an intense orange color. The chest embodies the typical technique of the region of Olinalá in the state of Guerrero. As the most important point of lacquer production in Mexico, their exceptional technique is one that encompasses the use of endemic chia oil and diverse natural pigments. In Mexico, lacquer ware has been cultivated since pre hispanic times, having different origins from Asian lacquer ware. During the Spanish Colonial era, the indigenous tradition combined with European and Asian designs due to a vast net of international trade. Olinalá lacquer ware is a splendid result of this mix of cultures.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.12 in. (13 cm)Width: 9.61 in. (24.4 cm)Depth: 5.52 in. (14 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
    LacqueredWood
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Minor structural damages.
  • Seller Location
    Mexico City, MX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3531323271872

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 10 days of delivery.

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