This 18th century Spanish colonial silver incesnsario from Mexico was manufactured roughly 250 years ago by a master smith who used little more than a ball-pein hammer, raising hammer, heat and an anvil. The silver was hammered, bent, worked, heated, cooled and annealed to become the beautiful creation that it is today. Observable stress and fissure marks are evidence of the difficulties associated with annealing such pure, heavy gauged silver.
Made in two parts and suspended from three chains with a conforming rim in the middle, the upper section is reticulated for smoke and soot ventilation. The quality of the workmanship manifested in the lower section is extraordinarily fine. Hand raised and chased foliate panels are surrounded by stippling and framed by multiple clover shaped roundels.
The censer bears several marks and an inscription for 'Haca de Sn Anto.' (Hacienda San Antonio), a reference to the Hacienda chapel that this censer once served. There are several other important marks including a maker's mark for 'Jose Iglesias', together with the locality mark, 'M' (Mexico City), the Assayer's mark 'FCDA', Antonio Forcada and the fiscal tax mark in the form of an eagle. 'Burillada' marks (small zig zag lines scratched into the surface) are testament to the quality and purity of the silver.
Dimensions: measures 8.75 inches high, excluding chain and suspension cap. Weight: 39.38 ozt.
Condition: in excellent, original condition.
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