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Rare Waterside Architecture Mintons Tile

Condition: Very fine
Price: £180 (approx $303)
Stock number: 03279

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One very tiny corner chip and one very tiny surface chip, a tiny amount of rubbing near the edges where it has rubbed against the original frame from whence it has just been removed. Perfectly clean and bright.


Style: Pastoral view
Technique: Print & tint
Manufacturer: Mintons
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: 1895 (circa)


A pastoral scene of a quite substantial elizabethan thatched farmhouse or mill and pool, transfer printed from an engraving almost certainly by L T Swetnam (Wise died two years before the series was introduced) and coloured with fabulous bright and charming colours.

Almost all of the Swetnam and Wise engravings look so much better in colour indeed from the techniques of the engraving, the original pattern books and the effect of coloured vs uncoloured it is clear that the original intent was to colour. It is a great shame that Mintons China Works for so long solely pursued mechanical decoration (eg Reynold's patent printing) and only in the very late 19thC fully embraced hand coloured designs. This is a super tile, the balance between print and colour just perfect giving precision and reliability without sacrificing feel and colour.

'Waterside Architecture' is probably the last 6" x 6" landscape series that Mintons China Works produced and the only one I have seen in post 1900 catalogues. The theme apparently is of waterways and pools with man-made structures nearby which include bridges, mills, towers etc, I can recall seeing maybe eight or ten so presumably a series of twelve but they don't come along very often. A great series to collect or a great gift for the fisherman!

Pattern number 2475 will date the series' introduction to early 1891, pattern number 2469 is also of waterside architecture views (eg Warwick Castle) but in 6" x 12" and 12" x 6" format.

Verso perfectly clean, unmarked offset grid.


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