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One Virgin and Many Saints, Retablos



     More on tin retablos from Ed. Simmen:
     "You might want to tell Linda that if her retablos are from the 19th. century and in good condition, they are worth a lot more than $200. Last year in a Galveston antique store I saw about seven with a price tag of $1,200. One, in its original frame, was worth $1,500".


     My comment: This is the inflation of the American art market. The fact remains that tin is not a noble metal like silver. "Plateresque" art imitated the art of the silversmith, far above the tinker. I still have two questions. Were the retablos made of tin, or of wood painted with tin to imitate silver? Where did the tin come from?

Ronald Hilton - 5/19/00


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