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  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    1625-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Henry Van der Bergh through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 144, The Headley Trust Gallery, case EXP

During the 17th century tiles became widely used in Dutch homes to cover walls. The smooth tin-glazed surface was easy to clean and gave an opportunity to add colour and decoration to the walls. Animals became a particularly popular subject to be depicted on tiles. Over 100 different species have been recorded on seventeenth-century tiles, including many species from far away countries. Tile decorators often copied their designs form popular illustrated books.

Physical description

Tin-glazed wall tile with bevelled edges, painted in blue with a dromedary between baluster borders left and right and fleur-de-lis corner ornaments.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


1625-1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue


Width: 13.5 cm, Height: 13.5 cm, Thickness: 1.5 cm

Object history note

This tile entered the collection in 1923 as part of a mounted panel of 16 tiles of the same series. In 2009 twelve of these tiles (C.520:1-12) were remounted together with C.534:1-12 for display in the new Ceramics Galleries.

Descriptive line

Tile, part of a tile panel, tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, Netherlands, 1625-1650

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dam, J. D. van, et. al. Dutch tiles in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia : Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1984, p.68 cat 54
Van der Bergh guide, cat 83


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Camels (animals); Fleurs-de-lis


Ceramics; Earthenware; Tiles


Ceramics Collection

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