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Tile panel: C.4-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, mould made, painted in blue, green, turquoise and black under a colourless glaze
Shape: comprised of twenty three tiles (labelled A-W) that form a tile panel of five rows. All tiles are rectangular or square in shape with original edges slightly bevelled.
1st (upper) row = equal shape, roughly square tiles labelled A, B, C
2nd row = two large rectangular tiles (D, J) with smaller rectangular off cuts (P, R, S)
3rd row = two large rectangular tiles (H, G) with smaller rectangular off cut (N)
4th row = two large rectangular tiles (K, I) with one smaller rectangular off cut (M, O)
5th (lower) row = two large rectangular tiles (E, F) with four fragments, three of which are rectangular (L, Q, T, U, V) and one large chip (W).
Upper surface: all decoration is outlined in black. On the 1st row three tiles are painted with a frieze of arcading toped with palmettes containing split leaf arabesques that are reserved in blue and highlighted with green. This initial row may have been taken from a different context to the remaining rows. The remaining four rows contain tiles that are all decorated with a similar pattern comprising festooned manderolas linked by sinuous stems, both bordered with turquoise and containing floral sprays reserved in blue with green or turquoise. The surrounding area is filed with vine leaves, bunches of grapes and flowers including tulips painted in blue or green with turquoise highlights. On the bottom and the top row a palmette border is painted in blue and green, contained within two turquoise bands.
Lower surface: undecorated except for splashes of glaze and areas of plaster


History note: Willaim Morris; Morris & Co.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.5 cm
Height: 126.5 cm
Width: 59 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Damascus ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1928-06-04) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


16th Century
Circa 1560 CE - 1600 CE


The design is comparable to tiles in the Darwishiyya Mosque, Damascus (1571)

School or Style


Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of pigments ( blue, green, turquoise, with black outlines)
Decoration composed of glaze ( colourless, cracked in places)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff frit body painted in blue, green and turquoise-blue, outlined in black, under a clear glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1928
Primary reference Number: 17534
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 21 December 2023 Last processed: Thursday 21 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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