Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Wall tiles, York

The other day, very kindly, the manager of a shop in York, let me take some snaps of their tin-glazed wall tiles. The tiles are arranged around an unused fireplace, and date from around the 18th and early 19th century. I've got to do a little more research about the building as yet. The tiles are of the typical blue and white designs, all hand painted. They might be British-made, but could just as easily be imports from the Netherlands. York isn't that far away from one of the major East Coast ports, Hull, which traded heavily with the Low Countries (Netherlands/Belgium) from the Middle Ages onward.


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