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17th Century Portuguese Tiles Camellia Fan
Portuguese tiles are one of the strongest expressions of Culture in Portugal and one of the most original contributions of portuguese to the Universal Culture.
This fan depicts a detail of a panel of Portuguese tiles from the 17th century
Polished pear wood fan with artificial silk printed screen; open 43 x 23 cm; 24 rods; pvc pouch..
Usually seen in Glazed Tiles of 17th century, this thematic was named as Camélia by Santos Simões. Camélia name has its origin on Jesuit priest Camelli, and it is known as the rose of China or the rose of Japan. In fact, it has eastern genesis and the main source of inspiration is peony, which its flower was represented around Europe, during 16th century, through Chinese porcelain. Camélia presence on portuguese glazed tile is a result of a misunderstanding between this flower and a rose. For this reason, this was seen not only as a decorative elements but also as a symbolic image. When the rose appeared on religious places dedicated to Our Lady, the roses represented purity and virginity. For instance, those glazed tiles existed in the Old Convent of Our Lady of Hope. (www.museudoazulejo.gov.pt)
Terra Lusa brand presents several collections of products where each reference is a tribute to the Portuguese Cultural Heritage: notebooks, wrist watches , fans, eco bags, mini umbrellas, glasses cases, microfibre cloths and adjustable book covers, all divided into themes of Portuguese roots .
800 Years of History, Culture and Tradition inspired the design of the various products in which quality allies with contemporary design.