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Four Antique Italian Extreme Erotica Hand Painted Pottery Tiles of Monks & Nuns

About the Item

This set of four antique hand painted pottery tiles are all unsigned, so no specific artist can be identified, but are presumed to have been produced in Italy in circa 1790 in the period Baroque style. The four tiles show hand painted vignettes of caricatures of naked men and women several of which are dressed as Monks and Nuns actively participating in orgies and engaged in multiple sex acts on each tile. The tiles are made of a dense dark brown heavy clay with thick muted toned glaze on top with sepia toned figures, each having a vibrant orange border. Each tile is titled at the bottom in Italian in script, and loosely translated in the order of their posting read: The Comforter of the Nuns., Preparing to Hit the Target., Women's Benefits., and Nun's Consoler respectively. These were extremely risque for the period and even to today's social morays and poke fun at the sanctity of the Christian traditions and doctrine. There is unfortunately no provenance for these four tiles but presume they may have once adorned the wall of a Roman bath house or private grotto.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 0.5 in (1.27 cm)Width: 7.75 in (19.69 cm)Depth: 6 in (15.24 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 4
  • Style:
    Neoclassical (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1790
  • Condition:
    Repaired: The fourth tile clearly shows an antique repair to one corner which appears to have been broken off. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. The tiles show chips, cracks and crazing and one with an antique repaired corner all as presented in the photos and consistent with age and use. Each tile shows some form of adhesive residue on the back.
  • Seller Location:
    Hamilton, CA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU1355220722262
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