DescriptionA WOOD AND GILT GESSO ALTAR - SPANISH COLONIAL AMERICA 19TH CENTURY. This ornately carved wood altar of Colonial America from the 19th century and is in superb condition for age. The gilt gesso retains approximately 80% of the application and has a nice bright patina. The altar is formed with four half-columns with spiral carving upward to ornaments at the top of the pilasters at the front, at the bottom in elaborate rosettes. The canopy of the altar is in the same intricate carving with a cherub at the centerpiece. The concave sepulchrum or altar cavity is in beautiful condition with its wood backing of striated wood.
The overall pattern of the altar exhibits floral work completed by a skilled craftsman for flat display against a wall and is in a condition rarely seen, a museum-quality piece of religious art work from the Spanish Colonial America. It is accompanied by a red velvet vestibule garment.
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