MOA: University of British Columbia


Square ceramic tile with floral motif painted on front. Surface is glazed. Background is off-white. Border along all edges with alternating triangles inside it, done in pale yellow and dark brown. Each triangle has a semi-circle at the bottom and lines stretching out from the semi-circle. In the four corners of the border are squares with stylized crosses. Tile has a central design of red-pink flowers with large dark yellow and blue-green leaves. Flowers and leaves are growing on dark brown stems, with smaller branches with black leaves. The large leaves overlap with the border in places. Small circle and large circular outline imprinted on back of tile. Inscription on back.

  • 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 transfer printed, a technique in which an image from an engraved plate is transferred to a tile, usually, requiring transfer paper to be run through a printing press with the engraved plate to pick up the ink, the design from the transfer paper could then be rubbed onto the tile. Colour was painted in by hand.

  • Cultural Context

    Wall tile.

  • Iconographic Meaning

    The flowers depicted are bergenias.

  • Type of Item tile
  • Culture English
  • Material clay, paint, glaze
  • Manufacturing Technique dust-pressed, transfer-printed, hand-painted
  • Measurements height 15.3 cm, width 15.3 cm, depth 1.2 cm (overall)

  • Previous Owner Judith Stoffman
  • Received from Judith Stoffman

  • Made in United Kingdom, England

  • Creation Date between 1860 and 1900
  • Ownership Date before October 30, 2019
  • Acquisition Date on October 30, 2019

  • Item Classes ceramics
  • Condition good
  • Accession Number 3401/0011