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Leather panel

  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embossed and gilded leather

  • Museum number:

    823-1898

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Gilt leather wall hanging of eight panels with fourteen borders. The borders are placed on either side, down the middle, and on the top. Each panel has a pattern of two broad bands, one containing four and the other three lozenge shaped compartments with leafy outlines; each compartment is filled with an artichoke and leaves, in the intermediate spaces are floral scrolls. At the top left a painted scene with a man and two women at the door of a chamber, in which is a man lying in bed. Along the top of the whole is a border composed of two depressed arches each enclosing two winged figures bearing a wreath; the spandrels also contain similar figures. Between and on either side of the two panels are vertical borders, each border composed of four groups of three enriched columns surmounted by a crown. The gilded pattern, which has painted outlines, has been punched with several different stamps. Both sides and the top of the hanging have fringing-edges. The top border does not fit with the panel.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)

Date

ca. 1500-1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embossed and gilded leather

Dimensions

Height: 246 cm total, Width: 168 cm total, Height: 56.5 cm panel, Width: 48 cm panel, Height: 56.5 cm side-border, Width: 23 cm side-border, Height: 25 cm top-border, Width: 71 cm top-border

Object history note

The border at the top is identical to the top-borders of one of the Salazar-hangings in the Museo National des Artes Decorativos, Madrid, inventory numbers 541, 16765, 16758, dd. 1686-1706. The panel is identical to the panels in one of the hangings in Palacio de Viana, Cordoba, inventory number unknown.

Purchase price: £30 (Purchase price of £180 for a group of leather panels, covering museum numbers: 821-1898 to 826-1898).
Bought for £30 from Messrs. Chatel and Tassinari of 114-115 Cheapside, London (RF 29849/1898 and 94430/1898)

"Panel of leather, covered with silver foil lacquered to represent gilding, stamped and painted. The pattern consists of two broad bands, one containing four and the other three lozenges-shaped compartments with leafy outlines; each compartment is filled with an artichoke and leaves; in the intermediate spaces are floral scrolls. At the top of the left panel is a scene representing a man and two women at the door of a chamber, in which is a man in bed. Along the top of the whole is a border composed of two depressed arches each enclosing two winged figures bearing a wreath; the spandrels also contain similar figures. Between and on either side of the two panels are vertical borders each composed of four groups of three enriched columns surmounted by a crown. Spanish (Cordova); 16th century."
Rubbed and torn.

Descriptive line

Gilt leather wall hanging of eight panels and fourteen borders. The borders are placed on either side, down the middle, and on the top. Each panel has a pattern of two broad bands, filled with an artichoke and leaves, in the intermediate spaces are floral scrolls. The panel at the top left is decorated with a painted scene with human figures, Spain, ca. 1500-1600.

Materials

Leather

Techniques

Embossing; Gilding

Categories

Wall coverings; Interiors; Leather; Containers; Woodwork; Medieval and renaissance; Hispanic Leather

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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