Jewelry or trinket chest
- unknown artist
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.
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