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Damasquino Gold inlaid Plate - Miniature of El Orgaz SOLD

Damasquino Gold inlaid Plate - Miniature of El Orgaz SOLD
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Perhaps the most opulent of damascene objects made today are those commissioned by collectors of miniatures such as this one. Typically such works are black steel plates, and have a diameter around 25cm such as this one.  Their borders are intricately etched with 20 grams of 24-karat gold. In the centre, reduced to precise scale, is painted a copy of an El Greco or some other Old Master.  This particular plate represents El Greco's 'Burial of Count Orgaz.  Three artisans work on these creations: one does the forging, one the gold border and the third the painting. Such works take about three months to execute, sell for $4000 to $5000 US and can be ordered through the Fabrica de Armas de Toledo, Vega Baja, Toledo, or through the Artespana shop which are government run.  

When light is directed full upon these damascene objects, the brilliance of the gold radiates against the black steel.  I've tried to capture this in the photograph but it's hard to do it justice, it is professionally framed under glass and the reflection also affects the photograph representation. 

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Yvonne Sanders Antiques is a landmark destination shop located in Epsom, Auckland.  As an International Dealer, Yvonne herself has successfully traded for over 40 years having established the business in 1971.


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