The Tring tiles by Unknown Artist

This is a panel of eight tiles in a series which depict the Miracles of the Christ Child according to the Apocryphal Gospels.


Details

Medium:
White clay with yellow glaze
Dimensions:
32.5 x 16.2 x 3.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£500 ( Total: £1,420)
Acquired in:
1922
Vendor:
Sotheby's

Judging from their remarkable state of preservation and elaborate design these tiles were most certainly intended to decorate a wall rather than a pavement. This tile work is a remarkable and rare example of the graffiato method where the surface of the tile is first covered in white slip, then incised with a design after which the latter was scraped away from the entire background.

Provenance

Rector of Bradwell-juxta-Mere, Essex. It may have come from the church.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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