Tile Item Number: 3401/18 from the MOA: University of British Columbia


Square ceramic tile painted dark yellow with dark brown designs overtop. Surface and sides are glazed. Large “X” shape covers entire front. Behind the “X”, in the centre of the tile and the corners, are circles. Along the edges, in the space between the circles in the corners, are small rectangles. All of the shapes are filled with a mixture of floral and curvilinear motifs. Five horizontal ridges on back of tile. Manufacturer’s mark, Mintons China Works, stamped in between ridges. Inscription on back.

Specific Techniques

Tile was manufactured by dust-pressing, a technique that uses clay milled to a fine powder with low moisture content, then pressed in a die at high pressure.

Cultural Context

Wall tile. Mintons China Works.