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    Sale 7549

    British and Continental Ceramics and Glass

    18 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 66

    A SPANISH RECTANGULAR ARMORIAL CEILING TILE

    CIRCA 1400-1450, VALENCIA, PROBABLY MANISES

    Price Realised  

    A SPANISH RECTANGULAR ARMORIAL CEILING TILE
    CIRCA 1400-1450, VALENCIA, PROBABLY MANISES
    Painted in blue with a quartered shield with two three-turreted castles, a lion rampant and a wolf rampant, within a stiff-leaf border (cut down on right side, some chipping to edges, glaze chip to lion's head and further minor glaze losses and crazing)
    12 in. (30.4 cm.) x 14 in. (35.5 cm.)


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    See Anthony Ray, Spanish Pottery (London, 2000), pl. 71, no. 637 for a tile with the same unidentified arms, which differs from the arms of León-Castilla in having a wolf or dog in the lower quarter. Tiles of this type were used to adorn spaces between ceiling beams, and as Ray points out, 'relatively few specimens have survived', and tiles bearing this coat of arms originate from just a few buildings, which 'presumably belonged to the same overlord'.

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