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Pair of 16th-century Hafnerware - glazed earthenware - stove tiles, c.1570. Probably Cologne.
Tiles such as these were made for large stoves, which were both functional and highly decorative and made for the wealthy. The tiles were designed with religious or allegorical subjects and were mostly made in Nürnberg, but some were made elsewhere in Germany, others in Austria and Switzerland.
The tile on the left shows a man with a bird on his hand and a dog or sheep behind him. It is very similar to one in the British Museum, which is based on a woodcut by Tobias Stimmer in a series of the Ten Ages of Man. The two spandrels with female figures holding a leaf are identical. See the last photo, no. 5.
The tile on the right shows a man with sword and staff, the initials NAT are above his head to the right. The two spandrels contain cherubs.
Some wear and losses to edges, and remains of plastering from the stove on some edges. Old collection labels on backs.
|Height||29.00 cm||(11.42 inches)|
|Width||18.00 cm||(7.09 inches)|
|Depth||3.00 cm||(1.18 inches)|