Price: $ 8,500.00
This late 18th century Spanish colonial liturgical cruet from Guatemala includes a silver bandeja together with two footed vessels for both wine and water. Each container is lidded and surmounted by a letter 'A' and 'V' respectively, for Vinus and Aqua ( Vino / Agua, Wine / Water). The silver bandeja features a pair of large budding flowers, each hand chased and raised in repousse. The rim is raised and enclosed by a rope twist border and scalloped edge. Guatemala. Circa 1775 - 1800.
The underside bears the hallmark of 'La Capitanía General de Guatemala', a fiscal tax stamp represented by a crown. The 'Impuesto del Quinto' as it is also known, was a means of confirming a tax payment representing one / fifth the value of the item in question. Beginning in 1540, following the Spanish conquest, the Viceroyalty of New Spain was established, comprising all of Mexico, Central America and much of the Southwestern and Central United States. The Spanish monarch held absolute power, possessing sovereign rights, property rights, economic control and undisputed political autonomy.
Guatemala. Circa 1775 - 1800.
Dimensions: Silver bandeja measures 9.25 inches long x 7.25 inches wide. Vessels measure 5 inches high. 398 grams.
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