Château de Madrid Majolica
Majolica bowl


Château de Madrid


Painted Pottery


Generates stupefying, oscillating patterns


Causes slight disorientation and imbalance


Proximity to French Sentiment

Collected by

Warehouse 12



Date of Collection

15 May, 1845



Constructed in 1527 for Francis I as a getaway palace from the drab Louvre, the design was based on another castle in Madrid. Artisans chose to honor the Italian arts, covering the exterior and interior walls in tile and sculpted reliefs until it resembled a Renaissance fortress. Royal members occupied the grounds until the 1780s, after which the French Revolution hastened its total demolition.


Crafted as a highly ornamental sight to live in, some of the remaining majolica seems to have kept that grand old idea alive. Whenever exposed to some French cultural aspect, the pottery will shimmer and release awe inspiring patterns similar to a kaleidoscope. The colors and shapes produced will normally slide over nearby objects without pause. If the French presence is stronger, the patterns become grander, moving more sporadically and turning semi-solid, pushing whatever is nearby. Exposure for any intensity will cause inconsequential amounts of dizziness and disorientation.

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