Silver Small Chest for the Holy Oil, 17th Century For Sale
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Silver Small Chest for the Holy Oil, 17th Century


The silver box has elaborate legs, fixed in the corners of the same, which are a combination of volutes in C, plant elements and a lower end reminiscent of a claw. The rectangular body has a decoration embossed in light relief based on ribbons in ce (or "of tornapuntas in C", as they are also known) faced around a diamond (two pairs on the fronts and one on the sides), it is framed by stepped moldings straight down and not staggered and thinner above. The lid, slightly curved, appears decorated with the same composition of the fronts repeated four times and symmetrically, and has a top knob with two adjacent C volutes and topped by a pearl, and a chain that hangs from an edge and it serves to ensure the closure of the piece. Inside, it has a silver plate with two circular holes, and the legend "OL * M" (possibly the contrast mark of the piece) is engraved on it. The decoration of the whole work is of clear classicist influence, recalling in certain details Renaissance works. Take a look, for example, with the first-quarter 17th century Castilian foot of the Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid to appreciate a similar composition (note also the differences), which would remain for a long time in the Spanish silver and is already in before the Baroque (as evidenced by the censer of the 16th century preserved in the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Álava). As for its function, this small chest was made, surely, intended to contain the Holy Oils, a function for which both a noble material (silver) and a decoration according to the importance given to its content is required. Weight: 470 grams. Size: 13 x 9 x 9 cms.  


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  • Date of Manufacture
    17th Century
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 3.55 in. x W 5.12 in. x D 3.55 in.H 9 cm x W 13 cm x D 9 cm
  • Seller Location
    Madrid, ES
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  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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