Antique Ravesteijn Delft Tile of Turkish Figure

GBP 1,325.00

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Object Description

An antique Delft tile of a figure in Turkish dress, circa 1870, made by Ravesteijn of Utrecht, after the original drawing by Nicolas De Nicolay dating to circa 1551.

This striking tile has been in use for over 150 years and as such has a characterful, timeworn look.

The Dutch 6inch tile displays a man in Turkish dress with sunflower spandrels to the corners. The illustrations are hand-painted in an expressive blue colour on a white background.

This figure represents 16th century Ottoman life, taken from the Dutch translation of the book Navigations et pérégrinations orientales by Nicolas de Nicolay, published in Lyons, 1568.

Ravesteijn of Utrecht took inspiration from his drawings in the 19th century made in a special format for the English market. Foundries, such as Coalbrookdale in Ironbridge and Thomas Elsley in London, were known for setting them into iron fire grates.

Nicolas De Nicolay (1513-1587)

The artist, geographer and spy Nicolas de Nicolay had his work first published in French in 1567 and quickly translated into other European languages. This was a combination of a travelogue with a survey of the Ottoman Empire.

Ottoman Empire, also know as the Turkish Empire, was an imperial realm that spanned much of Southeast Europe, West Asia, and North Africa from the 14th to early 20th centuries.

A print of Nicole’s illustration on which this tile is based forms part of the collection of The British Museum.

Delft Tiles

Delft dates back as far as the early 1500s. The Dutch city of Delft, after which the pottery is named, was the major centre of its production. Tiles and pottery made from Delft are applied with a tin and magnesium glaze that gives them their distinctive purple-blue colour.

Their well-known blue and white tiles appeared around 1620 and became world famous, the tiles often painted with scenes from daily life and used to decorate kitchens, chimneypieces, staircases and more.

We have four similar tiles available.

Additional dimensions

Tile measures at 15cm x 15cm (5.9in x 5.9in).

Object Condition

Good structural condition. The tile has nibbles and chips.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44(0) 1981 541 155

Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

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