Fonthill: Center Hall – ?? Century Persian Tile Mosaic

141130_Center Hall Persian Tile2-2 by Karl Graf. Canon 5D MkIII, EF17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm, f/16, 1.3 sec, ISO 400

After seeing the Fonthill worker dedication mural, I have walked down the stairs to the Breakfast Room, down more stairs to the Gallery, and up another set of stairs to the Center Hall.  Rounding the stairway from the Gallery, this Persian tile mosaic is right in front of me.  I asked the site administrator what happened to the tiles preceding the ” — th Century” title.  I thought they may have damaged and taken off.  The answer that he gave was that Mercer was uncertain when the tiles were actually made, so he left it blank.  To design this display, Mercer used his own architectural tiles to frame the Persian Tiles.  He used this technique throughout Fonthill to display his foreign tile collections.

Below are a couple of the Persian tiles that I caught my eye:

 

 

141130_Center Hall Persian Tile1 by Karl Graf.

 

141130_Center Hall Persian Tile2 by Karl Graf.

 

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