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Trades tiles from the 'l...
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Ceramics

Anonymous

Trades tiles from the 'la palmeta' series with musicians

Catalonia
18th century
Pottery
53.5 x 40.5 cm
Provenance unknown
MEV 23914, 23916, 23918, 2643, 2641, 23913, 23917, 23912, 3174, 23919, 23920, 23915

From the 16th century onwards Catalan tile-making entered a very rich and important creative period, polychromy, of which the so-called trades tiles are paradigmatic examples. The different series followed on from one another from the early ones in the 'la margarida' or flowery ones of the 16th century, and they were so successful that they survived in a declining sequence until the mid-19th century. All of them have a single central theme, accompanied by more or less leafy plants that the series are named after. In this case it is 'la palmeta' (palm leaf). Many of the themes are taken from the printed picture stories that were handed around illustrating games, different events, important events in real life, etc. It is thus no wonder that musicians, so common in the life of the villages, should also have been a motif of inspiration. Those playing the harp, the flute, the trumpet, the viola or the shawm, and other complementary figures like a woman with a flower and an actor, become important figures that cheer things up and give streets and squares colour.


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