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Spanish Damascene Metalwork (1850 – 1900)
The preservation of damascening in Spain was almost entirely due to the genius of a single family, the Zuloagas. The Khalili Collection of Spanish damascene metalwork contains some the most important pieces commissioned by the great 19th-century English collector Alfred Morrison from Plãcido Zuloaga (1834–1910), the supreme damascener of that family . The Morrison pieces, such as the magnificent casket and pair of alhambra-shaped vases from Fonthill House, establish a benchmark by which we may evaluate all that follows. With over 100 pieces, 22 of which are signed by Plácido Zuloaga himself, the collection provides an excellent perspective on the art and industry of Spanish damascening during the latter half of the 19th century.