Tile

Object Number: 
1949.17
Date: 
1904
Medium: 
Glazed earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 1/2 in. ( 11.4 x 11.4 x 1.3 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on tile; "EXPOSITION / ST. LOUIS 1904" stamped: on reverse; "THE / HARTFORD FAIENCE CO. / HARTFORD, CONN." printed: on box; "ST. LOUIS TILE / MOST ARTISTIC SOUVENIR / AT THE FAIR / MADE BY / THE HARTFORD FAIENCE CO./ HARTFORD, CONN."
Description: 
Square, earthenware tile with opaque green, yellow, and red glazes. The style of this tile reflects the Arts and Crafts and the pre-Raphaelite movements, popular in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the center of the tile, the raised head of a medieval king is superimposed over a red cross. The king wears a crown with a fleur de lis on top. The king's head faces right, and there is a spear on either side of the head, also superimposed over the cross. Shallow impressed lines in the green background of the tile give the impression of light emanating from the center of the tile. Above the decoration is the impressed word "EXPOSITION", with the words "ST. LOUIS 1904" below. The back of the tile has an impressed rectangular area with the raised words, "THE/ HARTFORD FAIENCE CO./ HARTFORD, CONN." Original square cardboard box with inscription; "ST. LOUIS TILE/ MOST ARTISTIC SOUVENIER/ AT THE FAIR/ MADE BY/ THE HARTFORD FAIENCE CO./ HARTFORD, CONN."
Credit Line: 
Gift of John V. Irwin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group