Made in Spain, circa 1850
Antique Spanish ceramic tiles like these are fast becoming rarer and harder to find. Adding in the fact that these tiles are of the highest quality makes their scarcity even more dramatic. These frieze or border tiles in a spectacular polychrome cuenca depict a satyr (probably the god Pan) flanked by griffins rampant. Pan, the Greek god of eating and drinking (among other wilder activities!) was often depicted engaged in these pursuits and here is shown ready to imbibe from a classical wine bowl. The tiles are marked on the reverse with the inscription “Medalla De Plata – Barcelona 1888 Fa. de J. Jimenez Isquierda Ca. Talleres – Al sitio de Las Tres Casaa Trianon Deposito Ancora Sevilla”. This refers to the maker’s distinguished Silver Medal performance at Spain’s first international exposition, one of the most famous and glorious of its era. These tiles would look incredible in any setting, but just imagine their impact in a kitchen, dining area, or wine nook! These wonderful tiles come from Norman Karlson’s personal collection.
5 1/2″ square x 3/4″ thick
Very good condition; varies per tile
Qty = 22