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Earthenware tile, solid red body glazed brown incised with a repeat pattern of a Hercules knot. No maker's mark on reverse.
- 1898 (circa)
- Factory in: Doylestown
- (Americas,North America,United States of America,Pennsylvania,Bucks County,Doylestown)
- Length: 11.5 centimetres
- Width: 11 centimetres
This design, called 'Lover's Knot of Jervaulx Abbey', was based on a medieval example in the British Museum, see BM Pot Cat A95. For further discussion of this tile, see Cleota Reed, 'A Discovery of Henry Mercer's Tiles in the British Museum', Glazed Expressions no. 31, Autumn 1995, pp. 1-5, with reference to the 1901-1902 Mercer catalogue no. 125. A relief version of this design was also offered in the Mercer catalogue as no. 135. For a history of the firm, see Cleota Reed, 'Henry Chapman Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tiles Works', Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1979.
- Title: Lover's Knot of Jervaulx Abbey
Although the acquisition history is unknown, it is likely that the tiles were given personally to C H Read by H Chapman Mercer in 1898 or soon after.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCN5501
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