Mounted tile

about 1885
Manufactured by Low Art Tile Works (active 1878–1907), Manufactured by J & JG Tile and Metal Company

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 35.9 x 35.6 x 5.7 cm (14 1/8 x 14 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware, pressed and glazed; brass, stamped

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Pressed tile with abstract swirl decorations glazed with orange/brown mounted in a square frame with swirls stamped into edges, standing on four feet.


Incised into metal on underside: "Copyright 1885 (?) / J. & J.G. Low..."; stamped into underside of tile: "J.&J.G. LOW / PATENT / ART TILE WORKS / CHELSEA / MASS U.S.A. / COPYRIGHT 1882 By J.&J.G. LOW"


Early history unknown; 2008, purchased by JMW Gallery, Boston, MA, from an individual in the State of California; 2008, purchased by the MFA from JMW Gallery in honor of Andrew Spindler-Roesle, Vice-Chair of the Board of Overseers, 2005-2008. (Accession Date: September 17, 2008)

Credit Line

Museum purchase by the Board of Trustees in honor Andrew Spindler-Roesle, Vice Chair of the Board of Overseers, 2005-2008