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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery

Tile

13th century-14th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This floor tile carries decoration in relief in the form of a stag's head set within a shield. The use of relief decoration is relatively scarce on English medieval tiles, the technique only being practised by a small number of workshops. This example comes from Lilleshall Abbey in Shropshire, though its precise place of manufacture is not known.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Earthenware, with relief decoration
Brief Description
Red earthenware tile impressed in reverse relief with the image of an antlered stag's head within a shield. The whole covered with an iron-rich glaze which is worn off at the high points of the relief design. From Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire, English, 13th or 14th century
Physical Description
Red earthenware tile impressed in reverse relief with the image of an antlered stag's head within a shield. The whole covered with an iron-rich glaze which is worn off at the high points of the relief design.
Dimensions
  • Height: 11.8cm
  • Width: 11.8cm
  • Depth: 2.8cm
  • Weight: 0.600kg
Credit line
Bought from Mrs. E. Edkins
Object history
From Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire. Formerly Edkins Collection.
Historical context
The arms depicted on this tile have not been identified. A similiar coat of arms: or, stag's head sable are impaled with those of the Tyrell family of Thornton Hall, Bucks/Northants. This is being investigated.

This tile is not the product of a known workshop or school of manufacture.
Production
From Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire.
Subject depicted
Summary
This floor tile carries decoration in relief in the form of a stag's head set within a shield. The use of relief decoration is relatively scarce on English medieval tiles, the technique only being practised by a small number of workshops. This example comes from Lilleshall Abbey in Shropshire, though its precise place of manufacture is not known.
Bibliographic Reference
Eames, Elizabeth. Catalogue of Medieval Lead-glazed earthenware tiles in the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities. London: British Museum, 1980.
Collection
Accession Number
1129-1892

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record createdOctober 24, 2006
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