Aesthetic/Arts & Crafts Movement Style Transfer Print Tile
 
  • Style/technique: Aesthetic print
  • Manufacturer: Sherwin & Cotton
  • Pattern number: S584
  • Dimensions: 6" x 6"
  • Date: Design registered 29th July 1881

 

An excellent tile with a bold aesthetic design in natural colours on a celadon body. Most unusually a multicolour print with hand coloured white highlights, Sherwins rarely did multicolour prints preferring the wider range of colours possible with hand colouring. This print in four colours demonstrates that just a few years after the company started they were competent in current technology.

Sherwin & Cotton are perhaps the most undeservedly underrated tile company of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. From their inception in 1877 they were producing stylish, modern, artistic wares. Largely ignored by the literature perhaps because a) they didn't do conventional transfer printed picture tiles, the first group of Victorian tile collectors almost exclusively preferred picture tiles; and b) they didn't come from London, had they done so the artistry of their wares would surely be widely appreciated. Fired Earth, 1000 Years of Tiles in Europe barely mentions the company, Blanchett has a better selection of their wares but still hardly scratches the surface and has a few errors, Tony Johnson's book The Morris Ware, Tiles and Art of George Cartlidge gives a much broader view of the wares of the company and is highly recommended.

Very clean verso with nice crisp triangle and knot mark, printed pattern number and design registration lozenge.


Condition: Very fine
Price: £80 (approx $165)
Ref: 02756

Two very tiny glaze chips to the edges, all other marks are manufacturing flaws. No crazing, near perfect surface condition and clean and bright.

UK Special Delivery £133

US and World Airsure £140

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The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 430 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format. A larger 120 dpi image also in maximum quality JPEG format can be forwarded by email if required.

The image is a little oversize rather than cropped close to the edges so that the edges can easily be seen and any chips etc can be quickly spotted. Other marks described are usually not visible at all when the tile is viewed straight as one normally sees it and can only be seen with a critical eye when the tile is tilted to catch imperfections in reflected light. For more details of how we describe marks see Condition.

 

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