Spanish Colonial Leather Petaca. Circa 1700 - 1750.
We are proud to offer this fine and rare early 18th century hand tooled and embossed leather colonial petaca. The Spanish word 'petaca' translates to suitcase, but it can also be used to describe a document box like the one offered here. The iconography, elaborately tooled over every inch of surface area, includes birds, lions, deer, rabbits and the double headed Hapsburg eagle, all surrounded by trailing vines and pomegranates. While the tooling and the hardware are both intriguing, the polychromy and parcel gilt finish are even more impressive. The finish appears to be completely original and in the unlikely event the gilding was ever enhanced, those enhancements would have been executed well over 100 years ago. The hardware oxidation, surface patina, cracquelure, hinge wear and hasp wear are consistent with the wear patterns we would expect from a piece of this age.
Dimensions: 22 inches x 15 inches x 8 inches.
Condition notes: in overall good condition with scattered wear and abrasions.
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