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A PAIR OF EBONIZED AND BRASS INLAID CENTER TABLES INSCRIBED “POR BALTAZAR ZEBALLOS PAZ DE AYACUCHO ANO DE 1830″

Measurements

Height: 32 1/4" (82 cm); Width: 27 3/4" (71 cm); Depth: 22" (56 cm).

Research
Of ebonized pearwood (?), white onyx and brass.  Each with an inset marble top with brass stringing around the edge, frieze with decorative brass inlay star design in the centre, four columnar legs with spiral brass inlay, with x-frame stretcher with central geometrical brass inlay design.  The whole raised on four circular spaded feet.   

Provenance:
Engraved to the edge of the marble tops:
POR BALTAZAR ZEBALLOS PAZ DE AYACUCHO ANO DE 1830

The territory that is now Bolivia was known in the Spanish colonial period as Upper Peru, and was recognized as among the wealthiest areas of the empire in South America, both in terms of natural resources and agriculture. The present pair of tables presents an exceedingly rare example of very fine Bolivian furniture, from the early nineteenth century, made in the years just after the country had been founded and obtained its independence from Spain in 1825.  The post independence period, especially the presidency of Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz (1829-1839), which lasted from 1829-1839, has been described as the most successful period of Bolivia’s history with great social and economic advancement.1 The august rule of Santa Cruz included the construction of a new port on the Pacific coast, Cobija, which opened the country to trade with the world, and which handled much of the silver that came from the Potosí silver mine, one of the richest sources of the metal on the continent. At this time the country developed a large social elite, who were in a position to invest in fine houses and the required furnishings, both commissioning local pieces, and importing them from Europe.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.