Antiques - Miscellaneous / Silver Works
Reference: Z6226

Catavinos of the town hall of Becerril de Campos, 1806.
With legend at the base ("Catavino del Ilustrísimo Cabildo de Becerril de Campos with Real Privilege year 1806").
Published in: Fernández, Alejandro et alt. Encyclopedia of Spanish and American Viceroyalty silver, Torreangulo Graphic Art, Madrid, 1985. Page 485. / Redondo Aguayo, Anselmo. Historical monograph of the town of Becerril de Campos and biographical news of his most illustrious children. Bulletin of the Tello Tellez de Meneses Institution, 9, 1952. Page 149.
Smooth glass with legend on the outer edge attached to a bowl with convex seat decorated with embossed gallons, ovals and engraved crosses and bead lines arranged around a central circle that has been left smooth. Because of its shape, it is closer to the Catadels of the Bordeaux type than those of the Burgundian type (the most common), and its shape seems to have been characteristic in Castile in the 17th century; It has not changed since then, maintaining its use and manufacturing.
According to experts, these types of pieces were called "cups" until the nineteenth century, and we are not entirely sure that their use was utilitarian, with certain studies leaning towards a mainly decorative function. This would be the reason why, despite being a piece made in a secondary manufacturing center such as that municipality of Palencia, it presents decoration throughout its surface, in addition to the written legend.
Gallon motifs, like oval shapes, are geometric decorations widely used in this type of pieces, especially since the Renaissance and for the inspiration of this artistic style in Roman antiquity. In the nineteenth century this inspiration in classicism returned to art, by the hand of Neoclassicism. Despite the simplicity of the elements, there is a clear attempt by the artist to organize them harmoniously to give beauty to the piece. Both the material and the decorative excess (to come from a local center) support the theory, already mentioned, that the Catavinos would have more representation than normal use, being used in certain celebrations or events in which the council had A prominent role.
In Anselmo Redondo's study this catavin is mentioned. It is very rare to keep examples of civil silverware, as their owners used to sell objects with the intention of buying new ones, either better or made in another more modern artistic style, or for economic needs. Thus, the most common is to find religious silverware, which is the same as civil or varying only in its decorative elements. In addition, civil pieces used to be delivered to churches, convents, etc. as donations from individuals. However, it is worth highlighting the extraordinary nature of this catavin: first, for its material; second, by its typology; third, because its registration makes it easy to locate its origin and its date. Catavinos with similar characteristics are presently present at the Lázaro Galdiano Foundation in Madrid.
Weight: 315 gr"

· Size: 19x19x6 cms.

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