Mario Lopez Torres Vintage Mid-Century Rattan Reed Wicker Chicken Sculpture
For your consideration: Classic near-mint Mario Torres Lopez or Mario Lopez Torres Rooster made of chuspata or bulrush reeds with makers mark. This iconic design was photographed in Torres’ studio as published in the Vallarta Tribune. Mark: Gold engraved medallion on base with Mario Lopez Torres, Taller Ihuatzio Mich, Tzumundi, 1974, Hecho en Mexico, with cat logo. Excellent condition with one small piece of reed loose on tail. Patina on brass. Let’s get through some design technicalities: – material: while commonly called wicker or rattan, this art form is made of bulrush reed sourced from Lake Patzcuaro in Mexico, where Torres and artisan workshop are from. Lopez Has transformed this utilitarian material previously made for humble craft into innovative designs produced still by the Tzumundi workshop, in the traditional basketry community of Ihuatzio. – technique: “Instead of using split stiff stems, the leaves of bulrushes (called “chuspata” locally) are twisted into a kind of cord, than woven like fabric over a frame. This frame can be of various materials, including stiff wicker, but Lopez focuses on the use of frames shaped by bending thick steel wire and soldering joints.” Designs are then lacquered for durability and protectio – this is a rooster, a male chicken, not a hen. Cocka-doodle-doo!!
- Depth: 14 Width: 17.5 Height: 19
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- Mario Lopez Torres
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