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Antique Spanish Rectangular Gilded and Embossed Leather Panel Spain circa 1850

A rectangular antique Spanish embossed leather panel with its original gilded and painted decoration from Spain circa 1850. The art of making embossed leather originated in Spain with the city of Cordoba becoming famous the world over for its skill and the beauty of its leather. Embossed leather first appeared in the Middle Ages and soon spread north through France and into the Low Countries where the influence of Spain was particularly strong. Please look at the exquisite design celebrating the abundance of nature seen in this panel. The intertwining branches are laden with a variety of fruits including pears, pomegranates and apples set amongst a profusion of blossoming tulips, lilies and sunflowers. The background leather is coloured ruby red while the raised design that has been embossed is coated with gilding to highlight the three dimensional quality of the embossing. The technique of embossing leather is quite intricate as it involves first the execution of a design carved into wood. Then the tanned and cured leather hide is placed atop the design and counter press is tightened and squeezes the leather to absorb the design. Once the design has been embossed the individual leather panel is removed and the hand decoration begins to emphasize the pattern of the design. This particualar panel is one of three we have on offer that were originally installed in the library of a home in Valencia, Spain. The allure of embossed leather remains as potent today as when it was first invented however the panels are usually separated as seen here. When embossed leather was first invented and able to be produced on a large scale it was employed primarily as the wall covering for entire rooms. Not only did it provide warmth and sound proofing but the extravagance of the repetitive designs and the magnificence of the gilding conveyed a sense of luxury and power that was extremely desirable. Today these leather panels are highly collectible as objects worthy of display in their own right and add a level of depth to interior decoration difficult to achieve with any other material. 

# 0071EEJ010B

DIMENSIONS

18.75" w x 0.75" d x 29.00" h

47.63cm w x 1.91cm d x 73.66cm h

Sale Price $1,065.40 Regular Price $1,522.00

A rectangular embossed leather panel with its original gilded and painted decoration from Spain c.1850. The art of making embossed leather originated in Spain with the city of Cordoba becoming famous the world over for its skill and the beauty of its leather. Embossed leather first appeared in the Middle Ages and soon spread north through France and into the Low Countries where the influence of Spain was particularly strong. Please look at the exquisite design celebrating the abundance of nature seen in this panel. The intertwining branches are laden with a variety of fruits including pears, pomegranates and apples set amongst a profusion of blossoming tulips, lilies and sunflowers. The background leather is coloured ruby red while the raised design that has been embossed is coated with gilding to highlight the three dimensional quality of the embossing. The technique of embossing leather is quite intricate as it involves first the execution of a design carved into wood. Then the tanned and cured leather hide is placed atop the design and counter press is tightened and squeezes the leather to absorb the design. Once the design has been embossed the individual leather panel is removed and the hand decoration begins to emphasize the pattern of the design. This particualar panel is one of three we have on offer that were originally installed in the library of a home in Valencia, Spain. The allure of embossed leather remains as potent today as when it was first invented however the panels are usually separated as seen here. When embossed leather was first invented and able to be produced on a large scale it was employed primarily as the wall covering for entire rooms. Not only did it provide warmth and sound proofing but the extravagance of the repetitive designs and the magnificence of the gilding conveyed a sense of luxury and power that was extremely desirable. Today these leather panels are highly collectible as objects worthy of display in their own right and add a level of depth to interior decoration difficult to achieve with any other material. Please see our stock numbers EEJ010B and EEJ010C for the other panels that complete this set.