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Rare Art Nouveau Peacock Eye Tile


Condition: Excellent
Price: £395 (approx $602)
Ref: #03007

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Chip top right corner, very tiny chip top and another left edge, bottom right corner is a glazed over flaw. Light rubbing on the background at the bottom of the three raised squares. Perfectly clean and fabulous brilliant glazes.


 

• Style: Art nouveau
• Technique: Moulded majolica
• Manufacturer: Richards
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1905 

 

A well known art nouveau design almost invariably monochrome, green, brown, red, blue etc, rare in multicolour. And what an amazing colour combination, olive ground with turquoise and orange peacock eyes and outlines painted in black with dappling to the backgrouind giving an arts & crafts effect. The olive ground is very translucent and the colour well represented in the picture, other examples of this design seen in colous which at first appear similar have a rather more ordinary green ground.

Widely attributed to Lewis Day but we are not sure that is the case, too long to go in to here but for starters Day famously loathed art nouveau. The design made by Corn Bros, Richards and Pilkington, the Pilkington version has a minor modelling mistake not seen on the Corn and Richards versions. No matter, it's a fabulous tile irrespective of who designed it. I can think of just one other design made by the three companies and again Richards the best and Pilkington's a little lacking.

Verso Richards diagonal bars, no adhesive residue just a little grubby.

 

 

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