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Long hexagonal paving tile: early-mid 16th century

Long hexagonal paving tile: early-mid 16th century
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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Long hexagonal paving tile, decorated in dark blue, ochre and green with a pair of flowers and scrolling arabesque style. There were regular shipments of 'white paving tiles' from the Low Countries into London by the end of the 15th century, and a single cargo in 1480 from the ship Mary Knyght of Middelburg included 2,000 ordinary paving tiles and 400 white paving tiles. The white, or tin-glazed earthenware tiles were especially prized and this octagonal tile with cobalt, ochre and copper oxide floral decoration was probably imported from Antwerp for a wealthy customer. Tiles of similar shape and design were commissioned by the Abbey of Herckenrode, Belgium in 1532.

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1500 AD - 1550 AD
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