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Tile

MOA: University of British Columbia

3401/9

Square ceramic tile with floral motif painted on front. Surface and sides are glazed. Background is mint green. Plain dark brown border around entire tile. Central design of white flowers and dark green leaves growing on dark brown branches. Centres of the white flowers are red-brown. Seven vertical ridges on back of tile. Manufacturer’s mark, Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, stamped in between ridges.

  • Iconographic Meaning

    Hand-crafted quality of the tile is distinctive of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain which embraced craftmanship. The emergence of this style was in reaction to the degradation of quality and skill resulting from industrial manufacture.

  • 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 depth in the design was created by using a stencil to paint a clay slip on the surface which resulting in a shallow relief. The colour was likely hand-painted.

  • 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 1.2 cm (overall)

  • Creator Wedgwood
  • 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 3401/0009