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Tile

MOA: University of British Columbia

3401/2

Square ceramic tile with geometric and floral motifs painted on front. Surface is glazed, sides are partially glazed. Background of tile painted black. Across front are three rows of dark brown circles, outlined in dark yellow. Inside of circles are stylized diamonds with flowers, done in dark yellow. Between the lines of circles are rows of the same stylized diamonds with flowers, but with fewer petals than the ones inside of the circles, done in dark yellow. Between each diamond is a dark yellow dot. Sides of tile undecorated. Five horizontal ridges on back of tile. Manufacturer’s mark, Maw & Co., stamped along ridges.

  • Iconographic Meaning

    Design is an imitation of English medieval tile patterns.

  • Specific Techniques

    Tile was manufactured by dust-pressing, a technique that uses clay that is milled to a fine powder with low moisture content, which is then pressed in a die at high pressure. The design is inlaid, produced by pouring two slip clays into an imprinted design on the tile’s surface.

  • Cultural Context

    Floor tile.


  • Type of Item tile
  • Culture English
  • Material clay, glaze
  • Manufacturing Technique inlaid, dust-pressed
  • Measurements height 15.3 cm, width 15.3 cm, depth 1.6 cm (overall)

  • Creator Maw & Co.
  • Previous Owner Judith Stoffman
  • Received from Judith Stoffman

  • Made in United Kingdom, Broseley

  • 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 3401/0002