We sourced this antique retablo from an antique street market in Jalisco, Mexico. The frame was also sourced at the same time from an antique store in Guadalajara.
Coupled with Museuem glass this is a great little piece.
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Antique Mexican Retablo Painting
What a rare find. After much research we believe this piece to be a rare Hallotype. The Hallotype a derivative of the ambrotype process on glass.
Gurney (a leading photographer of the time) objected to the ambrotype process, claiming that it was not permanent. He preferred the hallotype claiming that it could be ‘colored by transparent painting put on from behind
As you can see from the photos the image is reverse mounted to the glass and there is a sheet with watercolour on the backing to tint the image.
This is an exciting piece.
The frame measures 420x365mm and the image is approx 11.5inch x 12.5inch