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17th Century Portuguese Tiles Watch – Camellia

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.

Detail of glazed tiles panel from 17th century usually called Camellia.

Wrist watche; Japanese movement; 3ATM; nickel free; stainless steel back; ROHS requirements; acrilic box with carton; movement with 2 years warranty.

Prod.: 17th Century Portuguese Tiles Watch – Camellia


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The first known azulejos in Portugal, used as a monument wall decoration, were Spanish-Moorish tiles imported from Seville, around the year 1503. The development of ceramics in Italy and the possibility of painting directly onto the tile, using the majolica technique, furthered its composition and usage with different elements representing historical or decorative moments.
At the time, there were orders placed in Flanders directly from Portugal, however, it was the arrival of Flemish ceramists to Lisbon that saw the initiation of a proper Portuguese production from the second half of the sixteenth century.
Once the aesthetical taste for monument ceramic titles in churches and palaces became a trend in Portugal, the commissioning of great single compositions bespoke to each space became very expensive, which led to more frequent choice of repetitive tiles (or patterned tiles). (www.instituto-camoes.pt)

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.

Weight 83 g