Jewelry or trinket chest

Jewelry or trinket chest

1775-1825
Artist
unknown artist
Country
Mexico, New Mexico
chest, trinket
Reverse-painted glass with gold leaf and tin coated iron
In Memory of Ann Casey Ammons from Alianza de las Artes Americanas and Las Malinches
2010.439

Unknown artist, Jewelry or Trinket Chest, 1775-1825. Reverse-painted glass with gold leaf and tin coated iron; 6⅛ × 7⅝ × 5⅝ in. In Memory of Ann Casey Ammons from Alianza de las Artes Americanas and Las Malinches; 2010.439.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 6 1/8 in, 15.5575 cm; width: 7 5/8 in, 19.3675 cm; depth: 5 5/8 in, 14.2875 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Spain served as one of only two major sources of tin in Europe, and objects made from metal (either copper or iron) coated with tin have been popular among Spanish and Spanish colonial artists for centuries. The tradition continues in Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. Southwest today. This small chest is decorated with reverse glass painting and likely was used to store jewelry or small valuable objects.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2017

Known Provenance
Gifted 1 April 2010 by Alianza de las Artes Americanas and Las Malinches Group to the Denver Art Museum. 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.