Stove Tile

About this object

Cultural context

functional; decorative

Iconographic meaning

The arms are those of the Palatinate: a gold lion with a red crown, tongue, and claws on a black field. The design is quartered with the ancient arms of the Wittlesbacks, Dukes, and ultimately Kings of Bavaria—paly bendy argent (silver) and azure (blue). This tile may have come from a stove in one of the Palatinate palaces.

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Physical description

Green oblong earthenware stove tile with flat bottom and top, concave back forming a niche. A relief coat of arms shaped as a shield within a quatrefoil star on back, column with branch and leaves on each side. Unglazed exterior.