American, Early 20th Century
Faience Tableau with Circus Theme
faience tiles with mat glaze
Overall height 41 x width 63 1/2 x depth 2 3/8 inches (with frame), individual tile height 7 3/4 x width 7 3/4 inches.
It is likely that this tableau was once part of a large architectural installation, perhaps for a theater or restaurant. Rookwood opened its architectural tile department in 1902 and soon secured prominent installations including the Della Robbia Room and Bar at the Vanderbilt Hotel in New York City and the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
The tiles are mounted and secured within a frame. They have not been examined out of the frame. Documentation provided by consignor indicates that each tile is marked #5762 / Rookwood / Faience and that each tile is numbered for placement within the tableau (7-14, 21-28, 35-42, 49-56 (two tiles with #50 and no #51) and 63-70.
There is overall craquelure (heavy in some areas). Some tiles with glaze loss or discoloration. A few tiles with old repairs. One tile with a small chip to glaze at a high point.
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