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Tile

MOA: University of British Columbia

3401/42

Square ceramic tile with stylized floral motif painted on front. Surface is glazed. Background is light brown. Central design of two dark yellow flowers with large olive green leaves. Leaves curve up and around the flowers. Intertwined with the leaves are light blue-green curvilinear designs. Seven vertical ridges on back of tile. Inscription stamped in between ridges.

  • Iconographic Meaning

    Art Nouveau design.

  • Specific Techniques

    Tile was manufactured by dust-pressing, a technique that uses clay milled to a fine powder with low moisture content, then pressed in a die at high pressure. The design was created from a relief in die, creating the raised edges and depressions. Glaze was hand-painted and allowed to pool in the embossing creating the shade variation.

  • Cultural Context

    Wall tile.


  • Type of Item tile
  • Culture English
  • Material clay, paint, glaze
  • Manufacturing Technique dust-pressed, hand-painted
  • Measurements height 15.3 cm, width 15.3 cm, depth 1.1 cm (overall)

  • Previous Owner Judith Stoffman
  • Received from Judith Stoffman

  • Made in United Kingdom, England

  • Creation Date between 1800 and 1900
  • Ownership Date before October 30, 2019
  • Acquisition Date on October 30, 2019

  • Item Classes ceramics
  • Condition fair
  • Accession Number 3401/0042