Topic: Antique Furniture
Criollo Antique Furniture is a very special kind of antique for these objects express a cultural merge, not just a sole style.
The Spanish conquer of Latin America was in many ways deeper and more influential than the British in other parts of the world. The cultural input of the Spanish motherland was such that it lasted and prevailed even 2 centuries after the first encounter took place. The most evident result was the emergence of a mixed culture that took upon a particular name: Criolla. This was special kind of reference with which people during the colony defined the daughters and sons of European Spaniards that were born in the Spanish America. This initial indication dual culture –that of the parents, and that of their land- was then extended to a broad number of activities that reflected culture thru means of its productions. And that was the case of Criollo furniture. If at first the mainstream European culture determined that Spaniards would bring every single belonging from their mother land to their new home, a while after they settled as dominant party in Hispanic America most of their objects were done in the “new” continent trying to reproduce a European feel. However as time passed and Latin Americans assisted the birth of a new society, that was neither pre Columbian nor European, but properly new, featuring influences from both sides, as well as own initiatives, the new cultural products were addressed as criollo.
Along with society and culture, the aesthetic production of Latin America evolved and presented a specific style.
In Argentina, known as the Vice royal of the River Plate until 1810 when it became independent, the criollo style was –and still is- linked to the upper class sophistication. Being the fact that the Argentine social power laid on the domain of the countryside, agriculture and cattle were the gold poppies of the rich and powerful, the Argentine criollo aesthetic was very much in tune with a rural and country side feel. Strong woods, heavy furniture of simple lines and frequently decorated with silver or iron details, the Argentine Criollo antique furniture features a superb quality while showing a simple –though delightful- aesthetic.
The impact of time on these sorts of furniture and objects is extremely favorable, for the objects acquire a sophisticated shine and feel. At the same time, one other substantial quality of these products is that of solidity and strength, while on the other hand, some other style of antique furniture ages badly, the Argentine criollo furniture is –as our wine- better and savior with the pass of time.
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