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Spanish Colonial Art, Mexican Antiques, Santos, Retablos, Mexican Folk, Talavera Pottery, Exvotos, Guatemalan Masks and more. These are just a few of the things you will discover at the Colonial Arts Gallery. Our hand selected pieces are generally dated to the 18th and 19th centuries and demonstrate the historical relationship between "Old" and "New" worlds.

We appreciate the opportunity to provide enthusiasts and collectors a unique resource for one-of-a-kind 18th and 19th century antiques from Spain, Mexico and the Americas. We are adding content, updating information, and posting new inventory frequently.
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read more › Specializing in Spanish colonial and Mexican folk art, Colonial Arts offers a unique collection that has been carefully hand selected for quality, craftsmanship, artistic merit and design. Our philosophy is based on basic principles of authenticity, condition, great service and a pride in the pieces we sell. Colonial Arts is a member of the Antique Dealers Association of California and the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association. Each item in our catalogue is guaranteed to be authentic. Colonial Arts started as a cyber enterprise 1998 and subsequently opened its first brick and mortar location on Union Street in San Francisco's North Beach Neighborhood.

read more › There is no art form that has its roots more deeply embedded in multi-cultural history, nor is there one that holds a richer, more diverse heritage than Talavera pottery. To understand its artistic ancestry, we must look back to creative influences that flowed from ancient Egypt, China, Persia, Africa, Moorish Spain, Italy and Mexico. In spite of this remarkably complex and impressive pedigree, Talavera pottery is renowned for its lyrical simplicity and straightforward style. Over the centuries, ceramic artists constantly refined their work through seeing the very best qualities attained by those who had preceded them.

read more › Votive painting, or ex-votos as they are also known, are devotional oil paintings on canvas or tin which offer thanks to a particular saint in the form of a short narrative. Following the Spanish conquest of the Americas, new traditions were born, which included the advent of the 'narrative ex-voto.' Unlike the earlier Spanish and Italian predecessors, these paintings told a story which was supported by a written narrative. In some examples, a small child becomes ill, a soldier returns safely from war or a favorite animal is finally found.

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