Cuerca seca tiles: early 16th century
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Four square tiles, decorated in the cuerca seca technique. These four tiles are put together to form a circular pattern with leaves and flowers in the centre. The tiles are white with the decoration in green, blue and brown. These tiles are from Seville in Spain, the decoration technique - cuerca seca- is a technique in which the glazed elements of the design are separated by un-glazed ridges of clay. The bright colours and geometric patterns on the tiles are characteristic of the industry. Very few cuerca tiles have been found in England and this group, excavated from the site of the medieval church of All Hallows, Lombard Street in 1940, are rare and important finds.
1501 AD - 1550 AD