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Wall covering
Room 18



Leather

Anonymous

Wall covering

Spain
16th century
'Guadamassil'
33 x 116 cm
Provenance unknown
MEV 8072

Fragment of 'guadamassil' wall covering in the form of a horizontal border that could correspond to the top of a piece of wall covering. There is a small selvedge conserved at the top which confirms its location for us. Three sewn pieces form this bit of a border, but only one of these pieces is intact. They are pieces identical to each other, with a design featuring a central motif (a vase with leaves, with two griffons rampant face to face) and two half motifs at the ends (half a small jug of fruit) that makes it possible to complete the pattern by joining different pieces together. The motifs depicted are gilded due to the yellow varnish that covers the silvered leather and are delimited by the tooled marks, made with different irons, on a green ground. Both technically, as the high quality of the tooling stands out, and iconographically, it is representative of the 'guadamassil' wall coverings of the 16th century.


Room 18
Floor 2
18 Leather
19 Gold, Silver and Metalworking Arts
20 Forge Work
21 Ceramics
22 Study Galleries