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Section of floor tiles

Designed 1926; made 1926–27
Designed by Henry Chapman Mercer (American, 1856–1930), Made by Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (1898–present)

Object Place: Doylestown, Pennsylvania


Overall (approximately): 55.9 x 55.9 cm (22 x 22 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed earthenware, mortar, concrete

On View

Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)




Tile and inlays

Section of tile floor consisting of multiple tiles set into concrete. One of twenty-five removed from the MFA’s East Wing before demolition.


1926, designed and made as part of a floor commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for the East Wing, then known as the "Decorative Arts Wing"; 1927, installed in the Italian Renaissance galleries on the second floor (at that point considered "Exhibitions 4 and 5"; 2006, 25 sections removed from flooring for preservation and remaining floor was demolished with East Wing; 2010, 8 sections were cleaned, conserved and mounted for display, 5 were installed in the American Renaissance gallery in the Art of the Americas wing; 2011, 8 conserved sections were officially accessioned into the MFA collection (Accession date: May 20, 2011)

Credit Line

Museum purchase