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Rare Glazed Encaustic Hearth Tile

 

• Condition: Good
• Price: £85 (approx $128)
• Ref: #02995

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This is a hearth tile that has seen some use but is still very presentable. Minor chips to the edges mostly on the bottom, one short scratch and other light scratches and scuffing but excellent glaze brilliance. A very clean and bright tile.

 

• Style/technique: Gothic glazed encaustic
• Made by:
Probably Malkin
• Pattern number: 676
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date:
circa 1870
• Colours: 7 clays

 

 

A gothic design on a rare type of tile, glazed encaustic, the most durable tiles and an expensive manufacturing process. All the colours are in the clay as with encaustic tiles used for floors but this is glazed to provide an easy clean surface, such tiles were the best for fireplace hearths as this was used. Whilst higher firing temperatures for clays rather than glazes or stains restricted the colour palette this has an astounding seven clay colours. A great tile for use as a pot stand etc, very tough and will stand some usage, already has a few marks so not to worry about a few more over time.

It is quite rare to find glazed encaustic tiles they were best suited and almost exclusively used for hearths which are relatively small areas. Encaustic so all the qualities of floor tiles inckuding frostproof, glazed for ease of cleaning. Glazed surfaces of course being unsuited for flooring as very slippery when wet, glazed encaustics being rather expensive for wall tiles and not as colourful as other techniques. Also probably being of a quite early date due to the similar effect obtained with much lower cost underglaze block printing. It is hearth thickness at half an inch and dense buff clay so quite a substantial tile.

Verso very clean, unmarked generic ring pattern, very probably Malkin or Boote, pattern number incised.


• Condition: Good
• Price: £65 (approx $98)
• Ref: #02995C

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This is a hearth tile that has seen some use but is still very presentable. Chip bottom right corner, other minor chips to the edges, one short scratch and other light/medium scratches and scuffing but excellent glaze brilliance. A clean and bright tile.

 


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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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