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James D. Lavin with an essay by Ramiro Larrañaga
The renowned works of the Zuloaga family are well recorded in the Basque region, and to a lesser degree in the rest of Spain. In 1925, Ignacio the son of Plácido opened the family museum in Zumaia to the public, where today one can view the paintings, sculptures, damascene metal and ceramics made by members of this most creative of dynasties.
To date little has been written outside the country of its origin, and the subject of Spanish damascened metalwork is relatively unknown in the rest of the world.
After extensive research, the Khalili collection has been published in a high-quality all-colour volume in both English and Spanish. It contains an original history of Spanish damascening to 1840, a comprehensive essay on the Zuloagas of Eibar and a complete catalogue by James D. Lavin; an in-depth essay on the techniques of damascening written by a local Basque historian and one-time artisan; and an introduction by the great granddaughter of Plácido.
James D. Lavin Ph.D. is formerly Professor of Spanish, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. He is the foremost authority on Spanish Firearms and the development of firearms decoration in Spain. His publications include Spanish Firearms (1965) and (with Wallace Gusler) Decorated Firearms, 1540-1870 (1977). His monograph 'The Zuloaga Armourers' (1986) laid the foundations for the information contained in this work.
Ramiro Larrañaga is a former master engraver and damascener and a local Basque historian and author.
216 pages; fully illustrated in colour
31.4 x 23.6 cm
1-874780-10-2 (hardback with dust jacket)