Antiques - Miscellaneous / Silver Works
Reference: Z6478

Silver salvilla "contours". Blas de Amate, Seville, mid 18th century.
With contrast marks on the edge.
Circular type tray with four legs decorated with scallops, plant motifs and cartridges, and raised edge, decorated with cornered conopial motifs separated from each other by a plant element. The center is smooth, with the initials P and S entwined engraved in the center.
This type of profile is called "contours", and was the most used in salverlas throughout the Rococo since the mid-eighteenth century. However, the decoration of the piece responds more to models related to Neoclassicism, coexistence of trends that were common at the time and more in the area of origin of the salvilla. At the beginning of the 18th century, Sevillian silverware would continue to maintain its primacy, but it would be surpassed by the Cordoba (although it still maintained a large number of artisans and very good quality in many of them).
The contrast marks perfectly place us in the realization of the work: the one on the left (animal, possibly a pig) and the third one starting on the left belong to those of the faithful contrast Nicolás De Cárdenas (who directed the work of checking the quality of the material in these pieces of the Seville office since 1756 and for about thirty years); the one on the right is the locality brand (Seville); the second belongs to Blas de Amate, one of the main Sevillian silversmiths of the mid-18th century.
It is necessary to highlight the elegance of the piece and its quality. For this reason, similar works of art can be seen only in important private collections and in prominent institutions such as the Lázaro Galdiano Museum (Madrid), and, above all, in religious centers of ancient tradition (Diocesan Museum of Huesca, Sevillian parishes, etc. .). Unfortunately, Blas de Amate has not reached many works: for example, the National Archaeological Museum has a sponge made between 1740 and 1750 (inventory 2007/27/2); the Sacramental Brotherhood of San Isidoro of Seville a sacramental banner with the embossed silver pole, made by him; a mancerina between 1730 and 1740 bears her contrast marks (Monastery of Santa María del Valle, Zafra).

Weight 1870 gr"

· Size: 43x43x6 cms.

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