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MOA: University of British Columbia


Square ceramic tile painted white with dark blue designs overtop. Surface is glazed, sides are partially glazed. Plain line border around all edges. Tile divided into four sections by a plain cross. Each section has an identical design. Diamond in centre of squares with a sunflower motif in their centres. The four corners of the four square sections have triangles with semi-circles and diagonal lines inside of them. Raised grid across entire back of tile. Manufacturer’s mark, Minton' Hollins & Co., stamped on back.

  • Iconographic Meaning

    Sunflower design, a common flower motif of the Arts and Crafts Movement, which this tile stylistically draws from.

  • 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.

  • Cultural Context

    Wall tile. Minton, Hollins & Co.

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

  • Creator Mintons
  • Previous Owner Judith Stoffman
  • Received from Judith Stoffman

  • Made in United Kingdom, Stoke-on-Trent

  • 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 3401/0038