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PAW FEET, HOOF FEET, CLAW FEET .....
Animals were a wide source of inspiration for silversmiths. Dolphins,
horses, lions, goats and a lot of other species were used to decorate
handles, finials and legs of civil and ecclesiastic silverware.
And just legs have waked up my interest, 'the legs in
The claws of felines and rapaces were the prevailing representation for
their appearance of force and security and were preferred by many
silversmiths to wings, masks, balls, vegetables or geometric forms.
Other legs are represented by hooves of goats and horses, serpents or
even shells of molluscs.
All of them of great artistic value.
The most valuable representation of animals on legs of silverware are
the whole body shape of turtles, lions, dolphins, horses, sheeps used by
silversmiths in some magnificent works.
And finally it is possible to emphasize the satyrs and fantastic
figures, inspired by the Eastern art, where the imagination of the
artist gives loose rein in the representation of these characteristic
figures half animal and half man.
José Luis Muñoz Díaz - 2004 -