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Tile - St George and the Dragon

St George and the Dragon

  • Object:

    Tile

  • Place of origin:

    England (decorated)
    Stoke-on-Trent (blank, made)

  • Date:

    1959 (designed)
    1964-1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sheppard, Christina (designer)
    Sheppard, Christina (decorator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red earthenware with painted and sgraffito decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    C.74:1-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Red earthenware tile with painted and sgraffito decoration in colour glazes depicting St. George on horseback lancing the dragon.

Place of Origin

England (decorated)
Stoke-on-Trent (blank, made)

Date

1959 (designed)
1964-1985 (made)

Artist/maker

Sheppard, Christina (designer)
Sheppard, Christina (decorator)

Materials and Techniques

Red earthenware with painted and sgraffito decoration

Marks and inscriptions

Interlaced 'CS' in monogram
On bottom left

'VERSATILE / WOOLLISCROFT / ENGLAND / STOKE ON TRENT'
Moulded on back

Dimensions

Width: 19.7 cm, Length: 19.7 cm, Height: 0.7 cm

Object history note

Christina Sheppard supplied the following technical information: "The technique used is called sgraffito. When dry, the design is scratched through a white glaze to the biscuit beneath. In the case of the black and white tiles, they are then fired to 1060 °C. With the coloured tiles, red iron oxide is sprayed on to deepen the lines and provide a background texture. When dry, this is brushed off, leaving some where appropriate. Other colours are then applied by brush. Finally, a blue or yellow glaze is sprayed over all and left to dry. When dry, it is brushed off any bits of the design that need to be white or another colour, and these colours are then applied on the white."

Descriptive line

'St George and the Dragon' tile, red earthenware with painted and sgraffito decoration, blank tile industrially made, designed and decorated by Christina Sheppard, England, in production 1964-1985.

Materials

Earthenware (red); Glazes

Techniques

Painted; Sgraffito

Subjects depicted

Dragons

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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