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Tile

MOA: University of British Columbia

3401/14

Square ceramic tile with floral and geometric motifs carved in relief across front. Surface is glazed. Brown-orange flowers with offshoots in each corner. Large rectangle-like shapes along each tile edge, with semi-circles carved out from each side. Rectangles have floral motifs inside. Corners of the rectangles overlap one another, forming squares. Inside each square is a light blue flower. Central design of tile is a square-like shape with round protuberances on each side. Inside of the square-like shape are floral designs. Small circle and large circular outline imprinted on back of tile. Inscriptions on back with manufacturer's name, T & R Boote.

  • Cultural Context

    Wall tile.

  • 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 into the outlined areas and was allowed to pool in the embossing creating the shade variation.


  • Type of Item tile
  • Culture English
  • Material clay, paint, glaze
  • Manufacturing Technique dust-pressed, hand-painted
  • Measurements height 15.4 cm, width 15.4 cm, depth 1.4 cm (overall)

  • Creator T & R Boote
  • Previous Owner Judith Stoffman
  • Received from Judith Stoffman

  • Made in United Kingdom, Staffordshire

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

  • Item Classes ceramics
  • Condition good
  • Accession Number 3401/0014