Location: Spain, Eibar
Materials: iron, gold damascene
Dimensions: height 36.5 cm
Accession Number: ZUL 93
This is a small two-handled iron vase in the shape of a footed amphora. Except for its size, it conforms to the format of the much larger versions such as ZUL 106. The small dimensions are a constructional advantage; its body seems to have been forged in two pieces with the juncture coming under one of the encircling gold bands. This would make lathe-turning of all elements a simple procedure, the neck, body, and foot being turned separately.
On the renacimiento ornamentation, common to so many other objects in this Collection, see commentary on ZUL 126. The damascening, executed in red and green gold and incorporating beading, combined with burnished and matt gold surfaces, is more varies in technique than that of ZUL 106. The hunting theme suggested by the relief figure of Diana in two colours of gold in the central medallion is reinforced by the chiselled iron stags supporting the handles of classical form.
The stamped inscription was the joint signature of José Vicente Iriondo, known affectionately in Eibar by the nickname ‘Mantxón’, and his brother-in-law Tomás Guisasola y Guisasola. Both had been disciple of Plácido, and towards the turn of the century they became partners.
J. D. Lavin (ed.), The Art and Tradition of the Zuloagas: Spanish Damascene from the Khalili Collection, Oxford 1997, cat. 50, p. 159.