Tile Item Number: 3401/11 from the MOA: University of British Columbia
Square ceramic tile with floral motif painted on front. Surface is glazed. Background is off-white. Border along all edges with alternating triangles inside it, done in pale yellow and dark brown. Each triangle has a semi-circle at the bottom and lines stretching out from the semi-circle. In the four corners of the border are squares with stylized crosses. Tile has a central design of red-pink flowers with large dark yellow and blue-green leaves. Flowers and leaves are growing on dark brown stems, with smaller branches with black leaves. The large leaves overlap with the border in places. Small circle and large circular outline imprinted on back of tile. Inscription on back.
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 transfer printed, a technique in which an image from an engraved plate is transferred to a tile, usually, requiring transfer paper to be run through a printing press with the engraved plate to pick up the ink, the design from the transfer paper could then be rubbed onto the tile. Colour was painted in by hand.
The flowers depicted are bergenias.