Delft Pharmacy Pill Tiles Holland Pharmaceutical LOTof5

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 10, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

Set of Five Vintage
Delft Blue Pharmaceutical Pill Tiles
Replicas 17th-Century Dutch Pill Tiles

From the B.W. Co. Pharmacy Education Program, this auction includes 5 ceramic/porcelain tiles, 1-dated September 1985, 2-dated 1989 and 2-dated June 1991. Also included are 4 certificates which originally accompanied the tiles when shipped. T is one separate hanger that can be attached to the back of one of the tiles as well.

Each tile measure approximately 6" x 6" and is painted in the blue Delft tradition. The 1985 tile is stamped on the back "Delft Holland Handmade," while the remaining tiles are stamped "Delfts Schoonhoven Holland Handmade." Also on the back of each tile is an explanation of what the image on the front represents. All but the 1989 tiles include the date on the back. The 1989 date is only noted on the accompanying certificate.

The 9 photos I have provided are not stock, they are images of the actual item for which you are bidding.

ABOVE: Women pharmacists, September 1985

"After completing their rigorous training, pharmacists were awarded pill tiles in recognition of their academic achievements and their distinguished status in the community.

The women depicted on this handmade pill tile are preparing medications by pounding herbs in a large mortar. The open textbook gives them the precise instructions to follow. This tile from Delft, Holland, is part of a limited edition commissioned by Burroughs Welcome Co. to honor the commitment and service of today's pharmacist."

ABOVE: The Herbalist, accompanying paper gives a date of 1989.

"Many...observations and experiments of the Herbalists were to contribute a respectable share of the scientific foundation of the coming Renaissance in chemistry, botany and pharmacy."

ABOVE: Women Pharmacists, June 1991

"Women have been prominent in pharmacy since earliest history...The scene on this tile shows a woman pharmacist of the early Eighteenth-Century dispensing medicaments to a mother and her child. Note the sanitary, tidy appearance of the shop and the rows of apothecary jars displayed proudly on the pharmacist's shelves."

ABOVE: Various markings on the back of the tiles.

ABOVE: Certificates which originally accompanied the tiles.

Condition is very good. T are no cracks or crazing. T are some tiny flea-bite-sized nicks or unevenness along the edges. One tile has a hanger attached to the back and t is one loose hanger included, the other tiles have no hangers. A beautiful gathering of tiles to add to your collection of Delft, ceramic, porcelain tiles or to decorate your pharmacy! Please take the time to read everything about this auction before bidding and do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. I am happy to combine shipping. Good luck and have fun!


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