• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 280

    A PORTUGUESE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE AZULEJO TILE FRIEZE

    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY LISBON

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    A PORTUGUESE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE AZULEJO TILE FRIEZE
    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY LISBON
    In four sections, depicting putti among swags of fruit and foliage with striped and foliate borders, now backed on wooden frames, some replacement
    Each panel 45 in. (115 cm.) high; 66 in. (168 cm.) wide (4)


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    The extensive tile frieze or azulejo is typically Portuguese, and they are widespread in domestic, civic and secular architecture, both inside and in gardens. The art was introduced via Spain by the Moors in the 15th century, and the tiles began to be produced in Portugal in the early 16th century under the influence of craftsmen from Spain, Flanders and Italy. Subsequently there was intense interraction between Portugal and the Dutch United Provinces. The 17th C saw the development of polychrome decoration and the late 17th and early 18th centuries became the 'Golden Age of the Azulejo', the mid-18th century seeing the adoption of the Rococo style with galant and pastoral themes inspired by the likes of the French Painter Antoine Watteau, while after the destruction of Lisbon in the 1755 Great Earthquake, a more Neoclassical style started to appear (J.M. dos Santos Simes, Carreaux céramiques hollandais au Portugal et en Espagne, Den Haag, 1959).

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    Saleroom Notice

    The total length of this lot is 264 in. (672 cm.)


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF JAIME ORTIZ-PATIÑO