19th Century Lord of the Cane Retablo
16.25”H x 14.25” W x .5”D ,on top
A stunning Mexican creation. A crown tin retablo holds the original hand drawn print of Christ of the Caña soldered into the frame. Intricate work. Silver medallions adorn the print within. A beautiful antique. Tin is complete with age appropriate patina. Print shows signs of age. Original glass. Minor hairline fracture to glass within frame. Marked: El Señorde la Caña, que se venga en Aljojur...
A Tid-Bit: Mexico tinwork was made to approximate the look of silver, at a time when the possession of silver by anyone unauthorized by the Spanish government was illegal. Tinsmiths realized once the Santa Fe Trail opened that much of the perishable freight being transported along the trail was sealed in tin cans, which once opened were discarded. By flattening out the tin and cutting and stamping the flat pieces, tinsmiths could produce works worthy of using as decoration in homes and churches. On some pieces, remnants of food and oil can labels can still be seen on the reverse of the tinwork.
Late 19th Century