Medieval tile decorated with horseman
Late medieval, fiftheenth century, tile decorated with a man on a horse. 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 tile with a horseman was used -among other places- in the Abbey of Prémontrés and Eglise d'Etampes, both from the order of St. Augustine . Fine examples of similar tiles from this area can be seen on the internet by searching Carreau and L'église de La Chapelle-Monthodon. A book on tiles from Aisne department can also 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. This tile is not in good condition, Much wear to glaze, uneven surface corroded by salt formation.
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