Made in Portugal, latter 18th century
Since the Portuguese government restricted the export of antique tile, opportunities to own amazing panels like this are fast disappearing. This thirty-tile, blue and white, hand painted majolica set is over 250 years old. These types of tiles are called “azulejos pombalinos” and refer to the Portuguese prime minister the Marquis de Pombal, whose remarkable efforts in partnership with King Joseph were responsible for the rebuilding of Lisbon after the devastating earthquake of 1755. Lisbon’s reputation as a wonderland of architectural tile stems from this period, and this gorgeous panel would certainly have been installed as a focal piece in its setting.
The tile set, with its Baroque-style depiction of an urn with fruit and flowers framed by charming blossoms, would look perfect as a wall insert in a kitchen, dining room, wine cellar, foyer, or patio. Imagine this set into a French country-style table base, or make a unique statement and hang it as an amazing piece of ceramic wall art anywhere your imagination leads!
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33 1/2″ x 28″ x 1/2″ thick
Good condition; has the expected wear and patina appropriate to its age
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