Circa 1750 - 1800
For hundreds of years Spanish colonists, explorers and missionaries bound for 'New World' ports made the transoceanic crossing on the 'Flota de Indias' and 'Manila galleons'. The arduous journey over land and sea would foster a need for portability. Much like the British Campaign Furniture that was popularized during the expansion of the British Empire, the colonial craftsman of New Spain manufactured furniture, objects and iconography on a diminutive scale. Transportable writing desks (escritorios), document boxes (papeleras), leather bound suitcases (petcas) and knock down altars were made for the aristocracy with practicality and portability in mind. Skilled colonial artisans utilizing old world techniques and new world materials, applied Gypsum ground layers to hand scraped, planed and sanded hardwood panels which would provide the smooth, durable foundation required for the pigmented oil paint that followed. Concealed behind pin hinged and painted doors, the culmination of these techniques and traditions are poignantly illustrated in the iconography of "La Piedad". Mexico. Circa 1750 - 1800.
Dimensions: 18 inches high x 17 inches wide (doors closed)
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