1881 J. and J.G. Low Art Tile Works Alhambra Star Tile

1881 J. and J.G. Low Art Tile Works Alhambra Star Tile


This tile is originally from Plate V of the 1881 company catalog, and is labeled by J. & J.G. Low as design #423 of that plate. The catalog also lists this tile as having an original price tag of  30¢. It may also be seen in the 1887 catalog as design #423 from Plate XI. The catalog lists this exact tile as being designed after Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex in Granada, Spain. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institutions are proud owners of several tile collections manufactured by J. & J.G. Low

This decorative tile is square in shape, featuring a glossy olive-green glaze that accentuates its Arabian star motif. Its pattern boasts an eight-pointed center star that radiates line-work from its center, outward, so that other like tiles may be arranged to continue the same pattern when applied alongside this one. The rear of the tile reads “J. & J.G. LOW PATENT ART TILE WORKS, CHELSEA, MASS. U.S.A. COPYRIGHT 1881 BY J & JG LOW”.

For a bit more about the history of J. & J.G. Low Art Tile Works, click here.

For a PDF of relevant pages of the company's 1881 catalog, click here.

For a scan of Plate XI from the company's 1887 catalog, click here.

  • Maker: J. & J.G. Low Art Tile Works

  • Material: Glazed ceramic

  • Epoch: 1881

  • Dimensions:  4.375” x 4.375”

  • Procurement: Ferndale, Michigan

  • Origin: Chelsea, Massachusetts

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