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    Spanish Colonial Silver Chamber Pot (Lavatorio or Balde)

    Spanish Colonial South America - Peru, Argentina or Bolivia
    18th century

    height: 12.2cm, diameter: approximately 19cm, weight: 877g



    UK art market

    This is an elegant example of Spanish colonial silverware from South America.  The body is of slightly flattened, spherical form. There is a slightly flared foot, one prominent handle, and the wide mouth is bordered by an everted rim.

    The walls of the vessel are thick and the vessel is heavy for its size. The rawness and purity of the silver, as well as the size of the vessel make it sculptural and pleasing.

    Chamber pots of this type were made across colonial South America, and it is likely that this fine example is from either Peru, Bolivia or Argentina.

    The vessel is in excellent condition. It is a wonderful talking point and particularly decorative with its strong, bold form. The silver has a good, original colour and obvious age.


    de Lavalle, J.A. & W. Lang, Arte y Tesoros del Peru: Plateria Virreynal, Banco de Credito del Peru en la Cultura, 1974.

    Luis Ribera, A., & H.H. Schenone, Plateria Sudamericana de los Siglos XVII-XX, Hirmer Verlag Muchen, 1981.

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