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Section of a tile pavement

Section of a tile pavement

  • Place of origin:

    Viterbo (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1470 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 144, The Headley Trust Gallery, case EXP

This section of tiled paving comes from the Mazzatosta chapel of the church of Santa Maria della Verità in Viterbo, Italy. Laid in about 1470, it provides an early example of an Italian Renaissance tiled floor. Similar decoration can be found on Italian tin-glazed earthenware pottery, called maiolica,of the period.

Physical description

A panel of 28 tiles decorated with Gothic peacock-feather and foliage designs, and a single square tile with a spotted snake.

Place of Origin

Viterbo (possibly, made)


ca. 1470 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

Object history note

From the Cappella Mazzatosta of the church of Santa Maria della Verità, Viterbo.

Historical context note

The Mazzatosta Chapel was founded by Nardo Mazzatosta, member of a wealthy noble family of Viterbo.

Descriptive line

Panel of tiles, buff earthenware painted in dark blue, manganese-purple, deep yellow and green on a tin-glazed ground. Originally from the church of Santa Maria della Verita, Viterbo. Italy, c.1470. This section composed of 28 of the original 42 tiles.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Graves, Alun. Tiles and Tilework of Europe. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, fig 3.3, pp46-49.
Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, London : H.M.S.O., 1977

Production Note

Made in Central Italy, probably Umbria or Lazio


Ceramics Collection

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