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Tile panel: C.2095-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware, mould made, painted in turquoise, yellow, blue, green with a brown outline, under (or in) a white glaze
Shape: rectangular panel comprising fifty tiles in ten rows of five, enclosed in a light wood frame
Upper surface: sprouting from a central winged vase a floral spray, including saz leaves and rosettes in which two birds perch, dominates the surface. At the edges of the panel, two columns with capitals support a pointed archway whose spandrels enclosing scrolling floral sprays.
Lower surface: not visible due to wall hanging


History note: From a house in Tunis, where it was in a room with six such panels, and it was made up from tiles from more than one of them; sold by unknown vendor to Boccara père, Souk des Femmes, Tunis; sold by him for £13.0.0 in January 1906 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 151 cm
Width: 78 cm

Relative size of this object

78 cm1.5 m What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Qallaline ⪼ Tunisia ⪼ North Africa

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1900 CE

Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of pigment ( under or in-glaze, turquoise, yellow, blue, green with a brown outline)
Decoration composed of glaze ( white)
Tile Height 15 cm Length 15 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, mould made, painted in turquoise, yellow, blue, green with a brown outline, under (or in) a white glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2095-1928
Primary reference Number: 17561
Old object number: 2530
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 9 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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