The J. Paul Getty Museum

Tile Floor

Object Details

Title:

Tile Floor

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Spanish

Place:

Manises (probably), Valencia region, Spain (Place Created)

Date:

about 1425–1450

Medium:

Tin-glazed earthenware

Object Number:

84.DE.747

Dimensions:

121.9 × 182.9 cm (48 × 72 in.)

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Object Description

Since the square tiles contain a striped shield typically found in Tuscan coats of arms, this Spanish floor may have been made for an Italian patron. The tiles around the shields are inscribed with spiritual admonitions-- speratens(have hope) and ne oblyer(do not forget)--in what appears to be an old Catalan or French dialect. Documents record that Spanish potters produced a variety of ceramics for export to Italy in the 1400s. The blue foliage around the outside of these tiles probably influenced the leaf ornament of early Tuscan maiolica.

Provenance
Provenance
before 1920 - 1960

Luigi Grassi II (Florence, Italy), sold to Ruth Blumka, 1960.

1960 - 1984

Ruth Blumka, German, 1920 - 1994 (New York, New York), sold through the Blumka Gallery to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Italian Renaissance Maiolica from the William A. Clark Collection (March 5 to May 17, 1987)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), March 5 to May 17, 1987
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