Casa Burés once boasted wrought iron, bronze and brass items. But these pieces, some of which were by leading foundry workshops of the day with a level of detail comparable to fine jewellery, were the most attractive to looters. In many cases, the pieces were carted off and sold for their weight, even though their real value was not in the metal, but in the metalsmiths, their designs and the detail of their work.
The bear presiding over the entrance hall of Casa Burés once held a brass lamp created by the Masriera i Campins artistic foundry. The thieves had no qualms about cutting the bear’s front paws off to claim their booty. The bronze decoration in the Hansel and Gretel fireplace was also ripped out.
Other features, such as the wrought-iron elements balconies on the façade, suffered deterioration due to the passage of time.