Two Pairs of C19th Spanish Faience Armorial Tile Pictures
A wonderful set of 19th century Spanish Faience Armorial tile pictures on wooden frames, comprising nine tiles, each painted in green, yellow, ochre and blue with a coat of arms, within wooden frames (one pair), the other smaller pair, comprising a set of six painted tiles, each painted in green, yellow, ochre and blue, with a coat of arms , as well, within wooden frames.
Larger Pair : 50cms/19.5ins x 50cms/19.5ins
Smaller pair: One 51cms/20ins High x 37cms/14.5ins Wide and the other one 47cms/18.5ins High x 34cms/13.5ins Wide
Spain Circa 1850
Provenance: The famous Decorator Duarte Pinto Coelho“
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Born in Cascais, in 1923, Duarte moved to Paris in the mid-1940s. His friend António Carvalho da Silva had a house there and Duarte decided to move in. “It was a very stimulating time, because I caught the end of the Second World War. Everyone was restarting, rebuilding and being reborn.” Duarte went with the flow and he has no doubt that the positive energy that was palpable then helped him become the man he is. “I remember, at the time, being part of an organisation that was re-launching the Bellevue Casino in Biarritz, and on that occasion we did a number of musical events and exhibitions.”It was only the start of a dazzling career in the world of interiors. In Portugal, he studied law to get into the diplomatic service, but he himself admits: “I was never a great student”. Decoration, however, came naturally. “I’ve always lived in lovely houses and from an early age I’ve had that vocation, putting furniture in its place.”
Duarte Pinto was a Spanish soul who made Spain his new home and the Castillian plateau his golden dwell. Passionate about design and decoration, he soon went to Paris to develop his creative spirit that would soon be taken advantage of by the Dukes of Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II of England, the baroness Liliane Rothschild, Salvador Dalí or Cary Grant.
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