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Embossed socarrat

Socarrat en relieve

Nº inv.: CE1/08290

Socarrat is a Valencian term for large unglazed fired tiles, which in the 15th and 16th centuries were hung between ceiling beams. They were made in Paterna, and perhaps also in Manises and other areas. Some socarrats are painted on one side, while others, such as this example, have embossed paintings on which the remains of red and black polychrome can be seen on a whitewashed background.

This piece depicts the crest of the admiral Ramón Rabassa de Perellós (a helmet on a lady’s bust) which he used in jousting tournaments, in many of which he competed in the name of Queen Joanna of Naples. The events on which the emblem is based took place in 1422. This and the decorative elements of the plate suggest it dates from the mid-15th century, a time when Giner Rabassa de Perellós and Carroza de Montagut probably occupied the palace.

The motif is similar to that of a fragment of tiling from the palace which is on display in the Sala de la cerámica arquitectónica medieval (Medieval Architectural Ceramics Room).

This piece comes from the Palacio del Dos Aguas (Palace of Marquis of Dos Aguas), where numerous socarrats were found that had been reutilised as construction material.

Two collections of embossed socarrats are on display in the museum, in the Oratorio (Chapel) on the first floor, and in the Sala de la cerámica arquitectónica (Medieval Architectural Ceramics Room) on the second floor.

Not on display.

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