Tile Item Number: 3401/42 from the MOA: University of British Columbia


Square ceramic tile with stylized floral motif painted on front. Surface is glazed. Background is light brown. Central design of two dark yellow flowers with large olive green leaves. Leaves curve up and around the flowers. Intertwined with the leaves are light blue-green curvilinear designs. Seven vertical ridges on back of tile. Inscription stamped in between ridges.

Iconographic Meaning

Art Nouveau design.

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. The design was created from a relief in die, creating the raised edges and depressions. Glaze was hand-painted and allowed to pool in the embossing creating the shade variation.

Cultural Context

Wall tile.