Unusual Aesthetic Majolica
- Style/technique: Aesthetic majolica
- Manufacturer: Gibbons Hinton
- Pattern number: 409
- Dimensions: 6" x 6"
- Date: circa 1895
A super aesthetic movement tile in the Morris & Co
'Longden' format of quadrants with alternating floral
sprigs and stylised flowerheads. Inspired design, lively
floral sprigs and bold stylised flowerheads. Clearly
aesthetic designs are relatively uncommon in majolica. In
two somewhat unusual colours, mustard and 'bondi' blue
though I doubt it was called bondi blue in 1895.
This design can be seen on the catalogue page
reproduced in Blanchett.
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 very clean with moulded pattern number and
distinctive Gibbons Hinton locks.
Condition: Near perfect
Price: £65 (approx $102)
One very tiny chip top right corner.
Condition: Very fine
Price: £60 (approx $95)
Very tiny chips left corners, two minute chips left edge,
a little very light wear on the raised line just above the
bottom edge otherwise surface condition is perfect.
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usually not visible at all when the tile is viewed straight
as one normally sees it and can only be seen with a critical
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