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The American Art Tile, 1880-1940

The American Art Tile, 1880-1940

Mint Museum RANDOLPH Apr 07 2012 - Dec 29 2013  /  Featuring approximately 40 decorative tiles from The Mint Museum's permanent collection, including the permanently installed fireplace surround, Arkansas Traveller.

Exhibition Highlights

About The Exhibition

The decades surrounding 1900 were the golden age of the American art tile. Whether glazed or unglazed, molded in relief or smooth-surfaced, decorative tiles were a popular medium among many affluent consumers wishing to furnish their homes and businesses in the latest fashions. The tiles were used as fireplace surrounds, wall hangings, and for a wide variety of other ornamental purposes, both interior and exterior. Manufacturers across the country produced tiles to satisfy their local clientele and others.

This installation features approximately forty tiles from The Mint Museum’s permanent collection, including the permanently installed fireplace surround, Arkansas Traveller, modeled and designed circa 1916 by Henry Chapman Mercer of Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.


Online Resources

For more information on this exhibition, please visit the Mintwiki. Created by The Mint Museum Library, Mintwiki provides online information on the special exhibitions and permanent collections of The Mint Museum.