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Art, Folk, Tin Nichos, Devotional, Antique 1890, 1211


This remarkable one-of-a-kind find is a stunning Mexican creation dated circa 1890. The colorful folk art illustration is complemented by an intricate and aged punched tin Nichos frame with ethnographic wear which only enhances its authentic antique aesthetic.
history: Northern New 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.
  • affiliation: Mexican
  • materials: tin, glass, print
  • dimension on frame: 16" x 8 1/4" x 1 1/4"
  • image size: 8 1/4" x 1 1/4"
  • vintage condition
  • rust and surface abrasions commensurate with age
  • paint loss
  • fading to devotional
  • wear from ethnographic use
  • style: ART-1211
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