The ceramic panels of the Casa de les Punxes

Do you know the ceramic panels of Casa de les Punxes? They are one of the most impressive ceramic details in the building. They are the work of Enric Monserdà and each of them has a secret in its meaning. In this article you will be able to discover them

The panel of the Angel – Rosselló Street with Diagonal Avenue

On the main façade of Casa de les Punxes, we are greeted by an impressive ceramic panel with an angel depicting a phylactery. This angel refers to the owner of the house that we found at number 420 of Avinguda Diagonal, one of the Terradas sisters: Àngela. In the phylactery we find written in Gothic letters: “This work was finished year MCMV” .Just behind this panel, we find the Punxa Principal, which also has symbols in its decoration that refer us to Àngela. The decorative details in stone that we find at the base of the Punxa include the ATB anagram, referring to Àngela Terradas Brutau.

 

Panel cerámico ángel Casa de les Punxes

The Sundial panel – Avinguda Diagonal

Following the path along Avinguda Diagonal we find the second panel of the series. In this panel we find represented a sundial and together with it, a calendar. The clock has zodiacal representations of the seasons of the year: spring (Aries), winter (Capricorn), autumn (Libra) and summer (Cancer) and on the side we find the Roman numbers. At the top of the panel we find another phylactery with a message in Latin “”Numquam te crastima fallet hora”, a quotation from Virgil’s Georgics. Its translation would be “””May the morning never be wrong with the day”. We found this panel in Josepa’s house. We identify this house by the flowering rod of Saint Joseph that we found at the entrance, under the panel.

 

Panel cerámico reloj solar Casa de les Punxes

 

The panels of the roses – Calle Bruc wtich Avenida Diagonal

On the opposite side of the Angel panel, we find the two panels of the roses, one on Avenida Diagonal and the other on Calle Bruc. In the first one we find a woman surrounded by roses, while in the second one we can see a vase full of roses with the initials RTB. The two panels are alluding to the third sister Terradas, the Rosa Terradas Brutau. In the decoration of the façade we can also find other symbols that identify the house of the Rose, such as the roses sculpted in stone on the capitals of the columns or the anagram surrounded by roses above the entrance.

 

Panel cerámico Rosa Casa de les Punxes

 

The Saint George Panel – Calle Rosselló

Finally, turning the corner, we find one of the best known panels of Casa de les Punxes, the St. George panel. In this panel, we find Saint George fighting the Dragon, with another phylactery in which we can read: “Patron Saint of Catalonia give us back our freedom”. Saint George is a recurrent motif in Modernist decoration and especially in the work of Puig and Cadafalch. Neither in the decoration of this facade nor in this ceiling we find any reference to the Terradas sisters. What we do find, is a reference to the great architect of Casa de las Punxes, since his face is sculpted in one of the corners of the panel.

 

Panel Sant Jordi Casa de les Punxes

 

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