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Border tile fragment

Border tile fragment

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1160 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, with decoration in relief

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr. R. Garraway Rice, F.S.A

  • Museum number:

    C.66-1933

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Twelfth-century floor tiles with decoration in high relief are known from sites in England, the Alsace region of France, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Among the earliest is a group of tiles from the chapter house of St Albans Abbey, dating from about 1160. The floor was laid out in a series of panels edged with border tiles like this example. This layout perhaps guided processional movement around the building.

Physical description

Tile fragment of red earthenware with decoration of interlacing stems and frond-like foliage in relief; the whole covered with a yellowish clear glaze.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1160 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, with decoration in relief

Dimensions

Width: 14.4 cm maximum, Height: 15.9 cm maximum, Depth: 2.8 cm, Weight: 0.860 kg

Object history note

From the Chapter House, St Albans Abbey.

Historical context note

See also the tiles found at Hertford Priory and Wymondham Priory, both of whom were dependents of St Alban's.

Descriptive line

Tile fragment of red earthenware with decoration of interlacing stems and frond-like foliage in relief; the whole covered with a yellowish clear glaze. From St. Alban's Abbey, Hertfordshire. English, about 1160.

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

Graves, Alun. Tiles and Tilework of Europe. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, fig 1.2, p9.

Production Note

From the Chapter House of St Alban's Abbey in Hertfordshire.

Materials

Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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