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Antique single unmarked fireplace tile with a center flower in brown and radiating wreath border and ribbon in a beige tone on a heavily crazed cream background. This tile appears to have been part of a center frieze. Ceramic tiles are thin slabs of clay or other inorganic materials, hardened by oven firing and usually coated with a glaze. 6" square, 5/16" thick. Only one available, there are some chips around the edge.
At the turn of the last century a new approach to artistic expression in architecture flourished across Europe and North America. The Art Nouveau movement arose out of a critical response to the industrialization of cities and the authoritarian dominance of neo-classical designs that pervaded the Victorian world view.
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