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Design for the Decoration of Two Firearms Accessories, a Ladle and a Screwdriver

Eusebio Zuloaga (Spanish, Madrid and Eibar 1808–1898)
ca. 1850–51
Pen, ink, and colored wash on paper
8 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. (22.5 x 24 cm)
Works on Paper-Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Bequest, 2015
Accession Number:
Not on view
This sheet and two others in the collection (acc. nos. 2015.100 and 2015.101) are rare examples of finished design drawings for the decoration of firearms and edged weapons created in the workshop of Eusebio Zuloaga, gunmaker to the Spanish monarchs, keeper of the Royal Armory in Madrid, and the most famous Spanish metalworker of the mid-nineteenth century. This sheet shows a ladle, screwdriver, and the handle of another implement, which would have been part of the cleaning and loading accessories supplied with an elaborate cased set of pistols made in the Zuloaga workshops in Madrid or Eibar.
Inscription: Inscribed in the lower left corner of the front of the sheet: 1673; on the back, top left corner: No. 22; along the left side: Carp[e]ta XIX/2857.
art market (said to have been owned by Queen Fabiola of Belgium; sale, Alcalá Subastas, Madrid, May 22–23, 2013, part of lot 205, for €13,000 to Finer);; [Peter Finer, Ilmington, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, England, 2013–15; sold to MMA].
Alcalá Subastas. Alcala Subastas. Madrid: Alcalá Subastas, May 22–23, 2013. no. 205, ill.

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