Tile Floor

Unknownabout 1425 - 1450

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

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.

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  • Title: Tile Floor
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1425 - 1450
  • Location Created: Manises (probably), Valencia region, Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: 121.9 x 182.9 cm (48 x 72 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Floor
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DE.747
  • Inscription: Inscription: "Speratens" and "ne oblyer" inscribed in the hexagonal tiles. A coat of arms, "of barry of six argen and gules", painted on the square tiles.
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N103; Not currently on view
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Spanish
  • Classification: Decorative Arts


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