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An Important Spanish Silver-Gilt Ewer

Madrid, crica 1662-3
Probably by Andres Sevillano

Weight: 70.45oz 4dwt, (2,191g)
Height: 13.38oz, (34cm)



The prelate whose coat of arms adorns the body of the ewer seems to be of Italian origin, and, more precisely, probably Neapolitan. The only bishop whose arms seem close to those of the ewer is Juan Bravo Secadure (Cantabria) who was bishop of Leon and Cartagena, died August 17, 1663. The relations between Naples and Spain go back to the kings of Aragon, kings of the two Sicilies since 1442. From 1443, Naples became the capital of a new kingdom including also Sicily, Catalonia and Aragon. The Two Sicilies belonged to the throne of Spain until 1734. For a ewer with similar iconography, the mark of Naples and attributed to Giuseppe Simioli around 1703, see Elio and Corrado Catello, Argenti Napoletani, 1973, p. 244. Another, Spanish, probably not marked, around 1600, illustrated p. 107 in Miguel Cabanas Bravo, El arte espanol fuera de Espana, 2003, is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, illustrated.

An Important Spanish Silver-Gilt Ewer Reference: DT21.22.1