Stove tile with Tudor rose
England, probably Surrey or Hampshire
Earthenware, moulded and lead-glazed
Museum no. C.383-1940
Tile-clad stoves were widely used for heating in northern Europe after 1400. They were probably introduced to England by German potters, who settled south-east of London. In England, however, only the very rich installed such stoves.
The badge of the Tudor dynasty was the rose and crown. The initials ER refer either to Edward VI (1547-53) or Elizabeth I (1558-1603).