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Spanish Colonial

Welcome to the Spanish Colonial Gallery. Also known as Latin American Colonial, most of these artifacts date to the period just after the Spanish occupation of Central and South America. This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. Please ask if you would like additional photos or more in-depth descriptions Enjoy your treasure hunt...

NOTE: Several of these items are from the collection of the late Paul Clifford. Paul was a personal friend who amassed an extensive collection of Colonial period artifacts. The bulk of his collection was donated to the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., during the late 1990's. Many of his best pieces are now currently on display in the Mint's permanent Spanish Colonial exhibit.

NOTE: International sales are welcome but require payment via PayPal. All items shipped outside of the United States must be fully insured, no exceptions. All shipping costs, insurance and import fees are the responsibility of the buyer.


Inca-Colonial Conquistador Vessel Inca Colonial Conquistador Vessel — Peru

1540 AD - 1575 AD

A rare Latin American Inca-Colonial blackware vessel dating to the very early Colonial period. It depicts a standing Conquistador dressed in Colonial attire typical of the period. He appears to be walking (or running) and holds a spear in one hand, a spherical object in the other. Nicely burnished surface with light deposits. Condition is excellent with no cracks, breaks, chips or repairs. A fine example!

Just over 7" tall x 3" across

$375


Glazed Majolica Inca Colonial Conquistador Vessel Inca Colonial Conquistador Vessel — Peru

1540 AD - 1575 AD

Early Colonial period vessel depicting a standing Conquistador dressed in Spanish attire and holding a sword. By his side are two Inca captives - prisoners or slaves. Unlike the more common blackware examples, this vessel has a reddish brown glaze. Glazed pottery was new to Inca artisans. This technology was introduced by the Spanish during the first years after their arrival; just after conquering the Inca. This is actually the earliest type of Majolica pottery to be made in the Americas. An exceedingly rare item. Condition is excellent. No chips, cracks, breaks or repairs. Seldom seen and a fine example.

Approx 5" tall x 2.5" across

SOLD


Colonial Conquistador Vessel Colonial Conquistador Vessel — Peru

1540 AD - 1575 AD

A rare Latin American Inca-Colonial blackware vessel dating to the very early Colonial period. It depicts a standing Conquistador dressed in Colonial attire typical of the period. He is flanked by two Inca prisoners (or slaves) each bound with ropes. Nicely burnished surface with earthen deposits remaining. Condition is good. The spout is assembled from several original pieces with minor losses replaced and break lines restored, otherwise intact. An unusual piece, to say the least. This form is seldom seen in today's market and would likely appeal to the more advanced collector.

Approx 7" tall x 3.5" across

SOLD


Colonial Maiden Vessel Colonial Maiden Vessel — Peru

1550 AD - 1600 AD

Inca Colonial blackware vessel dating to the early Colonial period. The front depicts a Spanish maiden, her nicely sculpted face is surrounded by a lace headwrap. On the back is a celestial motif showing a crescent moon and stars. Condition is near choice, the nose is slightly eroded and there's minor surface wear and small spout chips, otherwise intact. A fine example.

Approx 6.5" tall x 5" across

SOLD


Colonial Wedding Kero Late to Post-Colonial Wedding Kero — Bolivia

1700 AD - 1800 AD

Carved wooden wedding cup (kero) from the Bolivian Highlands. Used ritually during marriage ceremonies for the consumption of Chicha (corn beer). This type kero was used from the 18th - 19th Century. Carved from a single piece of wood, the bowl has handles on each side. Between the handles (at the rim) there is a more thinly carved area whereby the bride and groom would drink from opposite sides of the bowl. In the center of the bowl are two crudely carved oxen, joined by a yoke. Their symbolic significance is to promote fertility for the newly wed couple as well as their livestock. This practice has connections to Pre-Columbian times. Condition is very good, near excellent. Rich patina and obvious signs of extensive use. The bowl has an old crack that has been drilled and secured with metal wire and filled with resin.

Ex. Pacific Northwest Collection, acquired at auction

Approx 2.5" tall x 9" across

SOLD


Colonial Canopa Colonial Canopa — Peru

1800 AD - 1900 AD

Late Colonial period carved stone canopa (conopa). A hold-over from Pre-Columbian times this late Colonial canopa is an unusual example. Finely carved from white alabaster with reddish pigment added. On two sides there are rows of cattle facing outward, twelve total. The middle is comprised of geometric shapes representing either planted fields or bundles of harvested crops. In the center is a recessed area in which offerings would be made. Tallow (llama fat) along with coca leaves would be placed in the center of the canopa. It would then be buried in the field in an effort to ensure crop production and livestock fertility. Unlike Pre-Columbian canopa, which were hollowed-out stone llama effigies, this Colonial canopa served the same purpose, but is much rarer. An amazing example in near choice condition. Intact with only minor chips and dings, otherwise perfect.

Ex. Pacific Northwest Collection, acquired at auction

Approx 1.25" tall x 5.5" across

$350


Colonial Wooden Kero Colonial Carved and Painted Kero — Peru

1550 AD - 1600 AD

Wooden Inca Colonial kero from the early Colonial period. Thick walled construction, relief carved and painted decoration with figural, geometric and foliage motifs. Overall design appears to be related to planting or harvest. Around the top are two figures wearing Colonial clothing, each holding a spade or shovel along with plant and geometric designs. The bottom shows additional plant and foliage designs. Areas of paint with red, white and gold pigments still remaining, mostly in the crevices. Condition is generally good. There are several cracks with two period (drilled and tied) repairs. Another resin filled repair also dates to Colonial times. Extensive wear and deposits. Great aged patina. An exceptional artifact from the very early Colonial period. Ex Paul Clifford collection. Purchased directly from him in the late 1990's.

Approx 5.25" tall x 4.5" across

$850


Inca Colonial Pitcher Inca Colonial Pitcher — Peru

1540 AD - 1560 AD

Exceedingly rare Inca Colonial pitcher dating to the very early Colonial period. The vessel has a footed base, loop handle and a spout in the shape of a bird's head. The construction and tooling is very much indicative of Inca pottery techniques, but the form shows Colonial influence. This is a seldom seen example of a pottery piece made just after the Spanish occupation of Peru. Condition is very good. Some surface erosion and the lower beak of the bird spout is missing, the vessel itself is intact and has no repairs. A unique example. Ex Paul Clifford collection.

Approx 9.5" tall x 5.5" across

$750


Colonial Platter Colonial Wooden Bowl — Peru or Bolivia

1600 AD - 1750 AD

A very large Colonial period wooden bowl from Peru or Bolivia. Nicely carved from a single piece of wood. At the rim is highly stylized bird. Appears to have once had hash marks around the entire rim but most have worn away from centuries of use. Condition is generally good. The bowl was once broken in half and was drilled and strapped together; an early repair. Later the straps were removed and the break was filled with a resin material. Other newer repairs are present as well. Shows extremely nice wear and an aged patina.

Approx 18.5" across x 3.5" tall

$550


Colonial Silver Set 1 Colonial Silver Cup & Saucer Set #1 — Peru

1600 AD - 1700 AD

A nice Colonial period silver cup and saucer set. Appears to be copper base metal with silver overlay as is common. Nicely engraved on the cup. The handle is quite ornate and also engraved. Condition is very good, near excellent. The cup is a bit deformed and both the cup and saucer have small dents and dings. Very rare to find them in sets. From the late Paul Clifford collection.

Cup approx 2" tall x 2.75" across, saucer approx 2.75" across

SOLD


Colonial Silver Set 2 Colonial Silver Cup & Saucer Set #2 — Peru

1600 AD - 1700 AD

Another Colonial period silver cup and saucer set. Appears to be copper base metal with silver overlay as is common. Nicely engraved on the cup with simple strap handle. Condition is very good, near excellent. The cup is a bit deformed and both the cup and saucer have small dents and dings. Very rare to find them in sets. From the late Paul Clifford collection.

Cup approx 2" tall x 2.75" across, saucer approx 2.75" across

SOLD


Colonial Wooden Kero Colonial Wooden Kero — Peru

1550 AD - 1600 AD

Small Inca Colonial wooden kero from the early Colonial period. Nicely burnished wooden drinking vessel with incised linear decoration. This type of kero was introduced by the early Spanish conquistadors, constructed using primitive lathes to create both the exterior and interior of the vessel. Great condition, intact with dark, aged patina.

Approx 3.25" tall x 2.25" across

$225


Colonial Horn Kero Vessel Colonial Horn Kero — Peru

1550 AD - 1650 AD

Small Colonial period carved horn kero (drinking vessel). Finely carved, most likely from cattle horn, it is very thin and delicate, showing exceptional craftsmanship. Condition is excellent. No cracks, breaks or repairs. There are several incised lines that appear to have been added intentionally in Colonial times. Possibly these are numbers or letters (initials) placed there by previous owners. A very rare example.

Approx 2" tall x 1.25" across

$250


Colonial Santos Colonial Santos Figure — South America

19th Century

Small South American carved and painted wooden Santos. The specific saint represented here is unknown to me. He is beautifully carved and the painted facial details are exceptional. He stands with hands clasped together and wears black robes, a serene expression on his face. Condition is fair to good. Considerable insect damage, mostly around the base, but otherwise a nice example. Pretty!

Approx 6" tall x 2" across the base

SOLD



Colional Pipe-head Colonial Jaguar Pipe-head — Mexico

1500 AD - 1550 AD

A very early Colonial period pipe-head carved in a nicely detailed spotted feline motif. The Jaguar form exibits the strong influence of Pre-Columbian artistic style, but the piece itself is actually very early post-contact Colonial. This is evident by the fact that the pipe is "stemless", showing European technology. Early Colonial Mexican transitional pieces such as this are very rare and seldom seen in the antiquities market. Truly a special and unique item. Overall in nice condition with only a few tiny chips & dings.

Approx. 1.5" long

$425


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