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A set of six Siena 'Libreria Piccolomini' triangular floor tiles
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A set of six Siena 'Libreria Piccolomini' triangular floor tiles

CIRCA 1507

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A set of six Siena 'Libreria Piccolomini' triangular floor tiles
CIRCA 1507
Depicting a yellow crescent moon reserved on a blue ground to the centre, surrounded by a border of white and iron-red cable pattern (treccia federiciana) outlined in blue, on yellow ground (two restored)
13 cm. across (6)
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Originating from the pavement of the Libreria Piccolomini in the Duomo of Siena. The original tiles were substituted by lozenge-shaped tiles from the factory of Ginori in Doccia.

See J. Giacomotti, Catalogue des majoliques des musées nationaux, Paris, 1974, p. 109-110, no. 400-401 for related floor tiles with the same provenance in the Musée de Cluny, Paris and the Musée national de céramique, Sèvres; F. Quinterio, Maiolica nell' Architettura del Rinascimento Italiano, Firenze, 1988, p. 96, ill. 100.
Adjoining the Cathedral of Siena the Libreria Piccolomini was built in 1485 by Cardinal Francesco Piccolomini (later Pope Pius III) to house the masterpieces of classical literature collected by his famous uncle, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, also known as the humanist Pope Pius II. The Umbrian master Pinturicchio and assistants covered the ceiling and walls with ten giant frescoes (finished in 1507) celebrating in rich colours the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini.
The crescent moon depicted on the floor tiles refers to the coat-of-arms of the Piccolomini family.
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