A Fine Spanish Gold and Silvered Damascened Tazza Centerpiece, possibly by Placido Zuloaga, Spain, circa 1880.
7" high x 6" diameter.
The typical "PZ" signature seems to have been rubbed off this central column of the tazza.
PlМБcido Maria Martin Zuloaga y Zuloaga (5 October 1834 ‰ЫТ 1 July 1910) was a Spanish sculptor and metalworker. He is known for perfecting damascening, a technique that involves inlaying gold, silver, and other metals into an iron surface, creating an intricate decorative effect. He exhibited his art works at international fairs and was recognised with multiple awards. Zuloaga came from a family of Basque metalworkers. He was the son of damascening pioneer Eusebio Zuloaga, the half-brother of the painter and ceramic artist Daniel Zuloaga, and the father of the painter Ignacio Zuloaga. For a long time he made artworks for the English collector Alfred Morrison. Many of these items are now in the private collection of the British-Iranian scholar and philanthropist Nasser D. Khalili.