SILVER JUG. WITH HALLMARKS (MATEO MARTÍNEZ MORENO AND, MAYBE, JUAN DE LUQUE Y RAMÍREZ). CORDUBA, SPAIN, LATE 18TH CENTURY.

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Reference: ZF0466

Pitcher. Silver. Mateo Martínez Moreno and possibly Juan de Luque and Ramírez. Cordoba, late 18th century.
With contrast marks.
Silver jug in its color with circular base attached to the body by means of smooth moldings that create elevations in tune with the globular shape of the piece. It has a curved beak topped by a pearl and with two moldings in the center (repeated decoration on the edge of the piece), and a curved and countercurved handle with volute finishes and simple plant elements. The lid has smooth moldings, a flower finish and a piece to lift it.
As for the contrast marks, located at the base of the jar, they indicate that it is a piece made in Córdoba, with contrast punches Mateo Martínez Moreno and, according to experts, Juan de Luque and Ramírez. Mateo Martínez Moreno would begin his career as a master silversmith in 1767, and died in 1804 (exercising as a faithful contrast from 1780 to 1792, being reelected again in 1792); on his name the date appears in the contrast he uses (decade of the 90s, perhaps 1793). They conserve works linked to the master silversmith (both in his creative work and in control and contrast) important private collections and institutions such as the Museum of Albacete (tray of Antonio Ruiz de León dated in 1789), the Museum of the Costume of Madrid (necklace of jet, glass, coral and silver, made in Córdoba), etc. With the punch associated with Juan de Luque and Ramírez (master silversmith since 1783), a custody of the sun dated in 1793 and preserved in the parish of Santa Cecilia ("The Barefoot") of Ronda and some powers are preserved, among other pieces. dated in 1789 of the Old and Venerable Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus of Nazareno and Our Lady of the Dolores de Ronda (which also includes Martinez's punch with the N and E welded).
In the Spanish silverware of the 18th century, it is the Court of Madrid that sets the tone: although the baroque, rococo and neoclassical tendencies coexist, the first one departs soon (introduces the second one before 1740 or towards this date) and the Neoclassicism towards 1770 (gradually imposing itself from 1780), extending over time to the rest of the peninsular territory. Note the difference between the present example and the most common of the Spanish Neoclassical silverware (such as those prototypes extended with the arrival of the Bourbons by French influence, so different from the Spanish beak jugs), although the influence of this style can be seen in certain details such as the purity of lines, the scarcity of decorative elements in relief, etc. Weight: 1097 gr."


· Size: 20x12x26 cms.

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