Set of Four Medieval Tiles, French, 16th Century
Set of Four Medieval Tiles, French, 16th Century
Set of Four Medieval Tiles, French, 16th Century
Set of Four Medieval Tiles, French, 16th Century
Set of Four Medieval Tiles, French, 16th Century
Set of Four Medieval Tiles, French, 16th Century

Set of Four Medieval Tiles, French, 16th Century

c. 1520 France

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Set of four medieval tiles
France, possibly Burgundy
First half 16th century
Moulded in quatrefoil panels with designs in relief, variously depicting: a mooning grotesque figure (1); a knight-at-arms (2); a King with crown of fleur-de-lys (3); and a coat-of-arms (4). The soldier with old label on reverse with following partly legible text (in Dutch?)
Terracotta
Largest tile approximate: 18 x 14cm (7 x 5.5 inches).

Related literature:
Anne Berendsen, Tiles: A General History, London, 1967, p. 52;
Maureen Mellor, Pots and Tiles of the Middle Ages, exhibition catalogue, Sam Fogg, London, 3 April – 16 May 2014, pp. 100-01

The quatrefoil shape and heraldic subjects moulded in relief relate the present objects to other late Medieval French tiles from the sixteenth century (see Mellor, op. cit.). It is also possible that their designs may originate from the workshops at Cluny Abbey, Burgundy (see Berendsen, op. cit.). They could have been used either as wall or ceiling decoration.

Note: we have shown the tiles to experts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, who confirmed their likely date and origin as French, sixteenth century.
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