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Tile panel: C.2096-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware, mould made, painted dark red, brown, blue, turquoise and yellow with brown outlines under (or in) a white glaze.
Shape: panel comprises fifty tiles arranged in ten rows of five roughly square tiles, forming a rectangle framed in light wood.
Upper surface: on the upper half of the panel, a mosque structure flanked by minarets is framed within a pointed archway whose spandrels contain a scrolling floral pattern and vases reserved in blue. On the lower half of the panel two floral sprays, springing from mounted vases and incorporating madorlas (oval medallions), are framed within a colonnade topped by lobbed archways, whose spandrels again contain scrolling floral patterns reserved in blue. Two of the tiles, on the fourth row far right and on the tenth row extreme left, do not belong in the panel but must have been inserted to replace missing examples
Lower surface: not visible due to wall hanging


History note: From a house in Tunis; sold to Boccara père, Souk des Femmes, Tunisia; sold for £18.0.0 in January 2006 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 151.2 cm
Width: 82.7 cm

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 - Circa 1900 CE

Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of pigment ( under or in-glaze in dark red, brown, blue, turquoise and yellow with brown outlines) glaze ( white, pitted due to impurities)
Tile Height 16 cm Width 16 cm

Materials used in production

probably Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moudling : Earthenware, mould made, painted dark red, brown, blue, turquoise and yellow with brown outlines under (or in) a white glaze

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2096-1928
Primary reference Number: 17563
Old object number: 2530
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 9 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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