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Four Tiles in a Frame: C.19A-D-X

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Four Tiles in a Frame


Pottery: unidentified Portuguese pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and yellow

Cream earthenware, tin-glazed white on the upper surface and painted in blue and yellow. The four tiles form half of a repeating eight-tile design. An octagonal yellow frame filled with formal blue and yellow motifs on a white ground; in the corners, a fleur-de-lys and an arc reserved in white on a blue ground, and yellow half leaves on the corner tips.


History note: Found in a deserted monastery in South West Portugal about 1884-5 by Dr Hans Gadow, MA, FRS (1855-1928); Mrs Hans Gadow (b. 1861, née Clara Maud Paget); possibly given in 1937 or 1942 when she gave other items to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Hans Gadow

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Gadow, Hans, Mrs


16th Century, Late-17th Century, Early#
Circa 1575 CE - Circa 1625 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue and yellow)
Front composed of tin-glaze
Tile D Depth 1.5 cm Height 14.2 cm Width 14.3 cm
Tile C Depth 1.5 cm Height 14.3 cm Width 14.4 cm
Tile A Depth 1.5 cm Height 14.5 cm Width 14.3 cm
Tile B Depth 1.5 cm Height 14.5 cm Width 14.4 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Brought from a deserted monastery in S.W. Portugal about 1884-1885 by Dr. Hans Gadow, M.A., F.R.S.'
  • Location: On back of a visiting card of Hans Gadow accompanying tiles
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19A-D-X
Primary reference Number: 197483
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 26 November 2013 Updated: Wednesday 1 November 2017 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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