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Tile (Ottoman Empire (present day Syria)), late 16th–early 17th century

This is a Tile. It is dated late 16th–early 17th century and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is tin-glazed earthenware, underglaze decoration. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

De Forest collected tiles on his travels in the Middle East, following Frederic Church’s example. This tile represents the type de Forest sent home for interior decoration projects—often for fireplace surrounds. Church used his own tiles to decorate a fireplace surround at Olana that featured a carved wood mantel from de Forest’s Ahmedabad studio.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Tiles of Old Revisited.

This object was donated by Mrs. Russell C. Veit. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Russell C. Veit.

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Tile, 1301–50
  • glazed, lustered and painted stonepaste, rolled and pierced silver (later mount).
  • Gift of Ruth Friedman in memory of Harry G. Friedman.
  • 1966-3-5-a/c

Its dimensions are

26.8 x 25.9 x 2.5 cm (10 9/16 x 10 3/16 x 1 in. )

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Tile (Ottoman Empire (present day Syria)), late 16th–early 17th century; tin-glazed earthenware, underglaze decoration; 26.8 x 25.9 x 2.5 cm (10 9/16 x 10 3/16 x 1 in. ); Gift of Mrs. Russell C. Veit; 1951-66-9

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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