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Palette horsewhip. Buenos Aires, late 19th or early 20th century.


Laminated, fused and chiselled silver, silver wire meshes and gold half-round rings. Modern invoice leather. Measurements. Body length: 34.7 cm.(13.66 in.) Total length: 85 cm. (33.46 in.) Weight: 350 gr. 


Palette horsewhip made in silver by one of the most renowned silversmiths of Buenos Aires in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The piece highlights the reasons for its prestige. Very harmonious in design and beautifully executed, its body was divided into four segments, the  outer ones smooth and the central ones lined with its silver mesh. Rounded knob and for its grip, a silver chain. At the other end, the silver palette that holds the leather market. Undoubtedly, we are facing a riding equipment of a rancher, the most wanted client for this silver house.


The piece has survived to this day without its thong (never used) and was made by Raúl Draghi -the master leatherworker of San Antonio de Areco-, with a fine work done on raw leather; with his punch.


José Fernández, the owner of this silversmithing, acted with different addresses on Bernardo de Irigoyen street between 200 and 300, in the city of Buenos Aires, from 1896 to the 1920s. There was a short period of time that he did it associated with Manuel Casal, punching the works "Fernández y Casal".

AUTHOR J. FERNÁNDEZ - RAÚL DRAGHI
LOT 20
OFFER ACTUALLY U$S 5550 (Banco Nación seller quote)

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