Pamplona (EFE).- The Palacio de Condestable has a new piece of “remarkable historical and artistic value” since Thursday, a sculptural ensemble made of stone from the 16th century, which represents the city’s coat of arms.
This piece, which has been placed at a height of 2.7 meters in the courtyard of the aforementioned palace, was located in a house on Calle Mayor and has been acquired by the City Council, after carrying out a study that confirms its heritage value. .
The mayor of Pamplona, Enrique Maya, members of the municipal corporation, the head of the Municipal Archive, Ana Hueso, and the author of the investigation, Alejandro Aranda, attended its inauguration. On behalf of the Huarte family, original owner of the sculptural set offered to the Consistory, Carmen Huarte has attended, the Consistory reports in a statement.
It is a heraldic word from the Pamplona coat of arms, dating from the second half of the 16th century. Property of the Huarte family, it was located on the ground floor of a house located on Calle Mayor.
A set of unique artistic value
When putting this property up for sale with all its assets, the family turned to the public administration in case any of the pieces with patrimonial value could be of interest. The City Council, after certifying the singular importance of the shield, acquired the piece to place it in Constable.
The place chosen, the Palacio de Constable, is contemporary with the coat of arms, since both are from the 16th century. In addition, while the previous town hall was being built in the mid-18th century (of which the current Baroque façade is preserved), the City Council had its headquarters in the palace, which contextualizes the fact that the piece is permanently exhibited in this building that served as Town Hall during those years.
The sculptural complex was valued, in addition to technical staff from the City Council and the Foral Government, by Alejandro Aranda, a doctor in Art History, linked to the Navarro Art and Heritage Chair at the University of Navarra.
In his report, the historian highlights the unique artistic value of the ensemble, both in its design and in its execution. Regarding the historical value, they point out that it is “even greater, because there are few representations of Pamplona’s coats of arms corresponding to the 16th century and, specifically, no stone carving of these characteristics has been preserved, because these types of Shields don’t usually outlive the buildings that housed them.”