Lacquer chest

Lacquer chest

early 18th Century
Artist
unknown maker
Country
Colombia
chest
Polychromed wood, barniz de pasto, silver leaf, glass, bone
Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family
1990.301
unknown maker. Lacquer chest. early 18th Century. Polychromed wood, barniz de pasto, silver leaf, glass, bone. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family. 1990.301.
Dimensions
height: 7.5 in, 19.0500 cm; width: 13.5 in, 34.2900 cm; depth: 11.5 in, 29.2100 cm
Inscription
none
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

In Colombia, the ancient tradition of using the gum of the mopa mopa bush to decorate wooden objects was continued throughout the colonial period. Now known as barniz de pasto after the town of Pasto in southern Colombia, one of the centers of production, the technique includes chewing the gum, embedding it with pigments, and stretching it over portions of wooden objects. In the colonial period, silver was added to the technique with thin sheets of silver underneath the mopa mopa gum to create a translucent sheen unique to these objects.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 26 December 1990 to the Denver Art Museum by the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.