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  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1620-1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glaze earthenware, painted in colours

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Henry Van der Bergh through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA11

Beginning in the 17th century, tilework became a typical feature of the Dutch home. Painted tiles were deployed around fireplaces, on wainscots, along corridors, and most particularly around skirtings. This example combines a type of decoration in reserve that had previously been found on floor tiles, with naturalistic central pictorial motifs.

Physical description

Tile, square, depicting a fox within a lozenge-shaped frame, the intervals being filled with stylised foliage in reserve against a blue ground.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


ca. 1620-1640 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glaze earthenware, painted in colours


Height: 13.3 cm, Width: 13.3 cm

Descriptive line

Tile, tin-glaze earthenware painted in colours, Netherlands, ca. 1620-40

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

Rackham, Bernard. Dutch Tiles: The Van Den Bergh Gift. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1923, no.50.
Graves, Alun. Tiles and Tilework of Europe. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, fig. 4.5, p74.


Earthenware; Tin glaze; Enamel


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Earthenware; Tiles


Ceramics Collection

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