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Fabulous Early Enamelled Majolica Tile
 

• Style/technique: Arts & crafts majolica
• Manufacturer: Maw & Co
• Dimensions: 3" x 6"
• Date: circa 1880

 

Condition: Mint
Price: £120 (approx $235)
Ref: #03110

 

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An outstanding arts & crafts tile and a real rarity, fabulous bright colours, wonderful flowing design. Rich brown clay, most unusual, the colour of rich brown earth, not dust pressed but moulded from natural clay. The perfect foil to the brilliant greens and yellows of the flowers and foliage, rarely are natural colours used so effectively.

Setting this tile apart, for there are several but scarce similar enamelled tiles known, is the indented decoration in the plain clay areas. An essential part of the overall design it relieves what otherwise would be plain areas and has the form and colour of leaf litter adding further to the natural appeal. It really is a most appealling and charming tile.

Made of very durable materials as witnessed by the condition after well over a century, solid semi-vitrified brown clay and high fire glass-like enamels.

Quite possibly earlier than the indicated date although the condition and absolute all round excellence seem incompatible with earlier dates but could be 1860s. For sure an excellent example of work, amazing in its day, expensive to produce and pre 1885 as it was made at the Broseley works.

In saying mint condition excused is only the most minor and minute indiscretions of the enameller and tiny chips to the back edges. Verso perfectly clean, embossed Maw & Co, Broseley, Salop.

 

Condition: Perfect
Price: £110 (approx $235)
Ref: #03110B

 

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A few minute marks and manufacturing indiscretions.

Condition: Perfect
Price: £90 (approx $235)
Ref: #03110C

 

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No damage however the enamels are not quite as bright as the other two and a little mottled towards the bottom, likely it got marginally too hot in the kiln. Still a fabulous and rare 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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