NORTHERN FRENCH, 14TH/ 15TH CENTURY
TILE DEPICTING A JESTER
inscribed: A.K.M / 25.06.61 on the reverse, and with a label inscribed: Le fou et sa marotte / Provenance prieuré des chanoines reguliers de l'ordre de St Augustin de Monnes dans l'Aisne
12.7 by 12.7 by 2.2cm., 5 by 5 by ⅞in.
Overall the condition of the tile is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There is a restored break running vertically from the top centre down towards the right. There are several chips and abrasions, notably at the edges and corners. There is wear to the glaze, with areas of loss and some craquelure.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Monastery of the Order of Saint Augustin, Monnes, Aisne, France
This charming medieval tile appears to be unique in its diverting depiction of a jester contemplating his marotte.
M. Mellor, Pots and Tiles of the Middle Ages, exh. cat. Sam Fogg, London, 2014, pp. 80-85