This sumptuous 18th-century brass ramilette sculpture stands on a wood base coated in gesso silver. The sculpture was crafted through repoussé, a metalworking technique where the design is raised in relief through continuously punching and hammering the back of the object. Ramilettes often use wooden candlestick holders as a base, which is likely the form of support this beautiful ornament sits upon. This elongated oval sculpture features an abundance of flowers and lush foliage. This intricate display of vegetation surrounds oval and circle-shaped cabochons, which sparkle in the light. These motifs are reminiscent of the Louis XVI (r. 1774–1792) naturalistic style, which was the last phase of the Rococo revival. Ramilette sculptures were used as altar ornaments in Spanish churches and would flank priestly objects or sacred images. In Spanish, the term ramilette means “cluster” or “bunch,” and a ramilette de flores translates to “bouquet of flowers.” Regalado Trota Jose, the author of Simbahan (which won the Philippine National Book Award in 1992), describes ramilettes as “stylized bouquets in relief.” This opulent sculpture would add a touch of royal luxury to your home and would command the attention of anyone in its presence.
At this time in Spain, the country, alongside Great Britain and France, signed the Treaty of Paris on February 10, 1763. The document formally ended the conflict known as the Seven Years War, acknowledging Great Britain's victory over the other two signees. Territory was exchanged as part of the Treaty, with Spain receiving back the two major ports it had lost during the conflict; Manila (in the Philippines) and Havana (in Cuba). The Treaty marked the beginning of an era of British dominance outside of Europe, including in North America.