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    A SPANISH COLONIAL AMERICA GILT WOOD AND GESSO ALTAR SCREEN, CIRCA 1700 84" x 17 1/2" - This highly ornate altar screen was hand-crafted, carved by a master craftsman after which gesso and fine gold were applied. The piece retains approximately 75% of its original gilt and has a slightly bright patina with some loss at the bottom and sides. At 84" in height, the screen consists of four panels of openwork carving, each with a centerpiece of an urn surrounded by floral work. The entire panel has petal carving around the rectangular borders with a shell device at the top.
    An altar screen protected the altar of the church from approach from the rear. This piece dates from circa 1700 and would have been a central work of art in the altar, highly valued by the parishioners. The craftsmanship, time and money invested in this altar screen would have been exceptional for that era.


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    November, 2007
    11th Sunday
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