Salesmans Sample of Kensington Tiles

S. Van Campen & Companyca. 1885

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Tile made of embossed composition board, varnished with ochre-colored, transparent varnish, the composition consists of a male youth in profile, facing proper left edge of tile. The figure has collar-length hair, mustache, circular-shaped cap, and garbed in a broad collared jacket, thick-linked chain with pendant medallion. The figure holds (in bottom right corner) a four-stringed instrument including scroll and neck. Impressed on front: "Then Thee /Lover With A /Wofful (sic) Ballad". Bottom left corner is impressed: "S. Van Campen & Co., N.Y.CONDITION: Good, warped; bowing in center, varnished surface is cracked, most notably at the highest areas of relief, such as: the mustache, hair line, cap, eyebrows, nose, chin and stringed instrument. There is an orange-colored speckled area directly above scroll of instrument - may be chips in varnished surface.


  • Title: Salesmans Sample of Kensington Tiles
  • Date Created: ca. 1885
  • Location Created: New York, USA
  • Type: Work on Paper
  • Rights: Anonymous gift
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/116217/Salesmans_Sample_of_Kensington_Tiles
  • Medium: Composition board
  • Signed: no signature
  • Markings: on white paper label pasted on back with orange print with vertical floral arrangement on left edge and reads in center: " KENSINGTON /. TILES. /MANUFACTURED BY /S. VAN CAMPEN & CO. /NEW YORK." Below is a trademark with in rococo cartouche flanked by "TRADE /MARK" and within cartouche is: "S ...VC /& /Co.". (see file)
  • Maker: S. Van Campen & Company
  • Inscribed: no inscriptions
  • Dimensions: 5 13/16 x 5 13/16 x 1/4 in. (14.8 x 14.8 x 0.6 cm)
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Accession number: 88.155.4

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