Faience Panels
Faience Panels

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Dobson’s relief panels on the riverfront façade frame the Hay’s Wharf building’s principal rooms – formerly the directors’ common room and board room – two floors centrally placed amongst three. Dobson has framed the three bays of these two grand floors with 39 gold faience high relief panels bordered in black granite. The panels are deployed in four vertical strips of nine square panels with three oblong panels between the tops of the strips. In each of the three oblong panels is represented a semi-reclining nude (male-female-male), representing, Industry, Capital and Labour The square panels have representations of crates, barrels, drums, jars, and cases. All the panels, square and oblong, are linked by chains and a concertina-like ribbon of brick shapes.


Faience Panels




Doulton faience

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by the Hay’s Wharf Companies

Work type



St Olaf House


St Olaf House

Work status


Listing status

Grade II* (England and Wales)

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Located at

Tooley Street, Bermondsey


Located at St Olaf House (former Hay’s Wharf Companies Head Office), on the frontage overlooking the Thames.