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    • Maker: J. & J. G. Low Art Tile Works, 1877-1907
    • Designer: John Gardiner Low, American, 1835-1907
    • Medium: Glazed earthenware
    • Place Manufactured: Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States
    • Dates: ca. 1881
    • Dimensions: 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 1/2 in. (15.6 x 15.6 x 1.3 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Molded backstamp reads: "J. & J.G. Low / PATENT / ART TILE WORKS / CHELSEA / MASS. USA / COPYRIGHT 1881 by J. & J.G.LOW"
    • Signature: no signature
    • Inscriptions: no inscriptions
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    • Accession Number: 1989.72
    • Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Joseph V. Garry
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: J. & J. G. Low Art Tile Works (1877-1907). Tile, ca. 1881. Glazed earthenware, 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 1/2 in. (15.6 x 15.6 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Joseph V. Garry, 1989.72
    • Image: overall, 1989.72_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
    • Catalogue Description: A molded earthenware tile with a vitreous glaze over a mottled yellow-green/brown pigment. The raised decoration of tripartite small leaves on thin branches and clusters of small berries cover the entire surface in an asymmetrical design. The color and glaze has dripped partway down the sides of the tile. Condition: Good. There are several light surface scratches and several small defects below the glaze that are in the manufacture as is the overall crackling. There is a slight abrasion of the glaze along the outer edge of the tile especially on lower and proper right edges. There are traces of cement on the edges and back of the tile and there is overall dark staining on verso.
    • Record Completeness: Good (76%)
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    Recent Comments
    02:30 01/19/2009
    Is there a source for this tile, or replicas thereof? I have some in my house, and wish to repair a damaged fireplace hearth.
    By Margo Jones
    19:14 01/24/2009
    Hi Margo, I spoke with Barry Harwood our curator of Dec Arts and his response was as follows: "While one occasionally sees this design on the antiques market, I do not think that anyone is making it new."

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