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Fleur de Lys Tube Line Tile

• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £90 (approx $144)
• Ref: #02724

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Very tiny or minute glaze chips to the tip of the rim, surface is virtually flawless the only marks being exceedingly minor and light. Very clean and brilliant glazes.


• Style/technique: Fleur de Lys tube line
• Manufacturer: Gibbons Hinton
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1905


A good fleur de lys design perhaps with a touch of art nouveau, certainly made around the peak of the art nouveau period. Five colours, all highly translucent and extremely brilliant. Rare, I can only recall two other tube lined tiles by Gibbons Hinton.

The fleur de lys is perhaps the most ubiquitous of all historic designs being found for millennia in cultures all around the world. Its form is an essential symmetrical foliate arrangement with one central and two side leaves. Thousands of version of this pattern have been created over the years and it has been used to symbolise religion, monarchy and many other groups and themes. There is perhaps a little art nouveau in the design but being so traditional it is difficult to say with certainty. Most fascinating perhaps is that it is done in tube line as moulded majolica fleur de lys tiles were made around the same time, perhaps done to enable the use of the most brilliant, translucent glazes.

Gibbons Hinton are one of the lesser known companies but their tiles are almost always super manufacturing quality and great designs too. Owen Gibbons trained at the South Kensington School of Art and was for a time curator of the Royal Architectural Museum in London before becoming head of the Coalbrookdale School of Art in Shropshire. Whilst there he designed a number of tiles for Maw & Co, this may be one of his designs too.

Verso quite clean a little smoke stain, distinctive Gibbons Hinton locks.


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