Medieval tile decorated with fleur-de-lis
late medieval tile decorated with fleur-de-lis design within a quarter circle. A small tree as corner filling ending in a smaller fleur-de-lis. Typical decoration of the department of Aisne in the north of france. This area has lots of good yellow and red clay to make tiles. This type of tiles was used a lot by the order of St. Augustine in amongst other places, Laon, Premontre and Etampes. Fine examples of tiles from this area can be seen at: L'église de La Chapelle-Monthodon. A book on tiles from Aisne department can be found online, "Etude sur le pavage emaille dans le department de L'aisne" by Edouard Fleury published in 1855. Mail me for a link to the book online. Provenance of these tiles is a French private collection. All tiles have been thoroughly cleaned by the previous owner and have the same signs to the back which I cannot identify. Tile is in good condition with some wear to glaze and surface of tile. Sides with some smaller chips.
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