A Bombilla, in Spanish and Portuguese, is an essential tool in the consmumption of mate infusions. Acting as both a straw and sieve, it filters out the herbs and powders in the drinking process. The first examples were known to have been used by the Guarani tribe before they were adapated in the 17th and 18th centuries by Jesuit craftsmen. An example with a similar basket-shaped filter can be found in Silbershatze aus Sudamerika 1700-1900, Munich, 1991, pg. 292-294, no. 382.
Unamrked. The straw-piece a little chewed. The filter a little mishapen. Gilding nice original colour. Good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."