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A Spanish Cuerda Seca tile panel
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A Spanish Cuerda Seca tile panel

15TH CENTURY, ALMOST CERTAINLY TOLEDO

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A Spanish Cuerda Seca tile panel
15TH CENTURY, ALMOST CERTAINLY TOLEDO
Comprising four tiles each of square form with moulded raised ribs dividing the colours forming a design of complex radiating geometric panels glazed in green, manganese and ochre between white strapwork (surface chipping and wear)
11 3/8in. (28.9cm.) square overall
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A tile of this design, attributed to fifteenth century Valencia, is in the Valencia Museum. Similar, but probably earlier, tiles including the sixteen-pointed star motifs are in the floors of San Juan de la Penitencia, Toledo (see M. Casal, Historia de la Cerámica de Toledo [Madrid, 1935], pl. XIA and B). Identical tiles are found forming the border around another tile design on the altar of the chapter-house of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo, dating to the early sixteenth century. Similar examples are illustrated by Anthony Ray, Spanish Pottery 1248-1898, with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 2000), col. pl. 74, no. 720 and p. 329 where he points out that the pattern is also found on tiles made at Seville.

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