Awesome Rare Minton Art Tile


  • Style/technique: Pictorial handpainted
  • Manufacturer: Mintons China Works
  • Made for: Bailey, Banks & Biddle
  • Dimensions: 8" x 8"
  • Date: circa 1885


A fabulous full colour picture of a great fortified house, great detail, a rare and perhaps historic tile.

Mintons China Works rarely handpaintied tiles, few if any were included in their standard range prior to 1885, a few were painted to order in the fine china studios and this will be one of such. These are of such rarity that it is difficult to guage any pattern of production however due to the eminent stamp verso and the painted number this is considered to be a special order. It is likely to be unique the client having sent a drawing of the house to Mintons for painting on to tile, it may have been for dining room furniture to coordinate with the dinner service.


  • Condition: Very fine
  • Price: £1200 (approx $1770)
  • Ref: 03284

Some general very light and tiny marks around the edges through contact with a frame, scratch lower left, a couple of extremely light surface marks.


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The back bears the retailers stamp of Bailey, Banks & Biddle the preeminent jeweler in America founded in 1832 by Joseph Trowbridge Bailey and Andrew Kitchen. The company has been known for quality from the start for example being the first jeweler to introduce the British Sterling Silver standard in America.

Joseph T. Bailey II began to travel abroad in search of rare and beautiful objects for the store. Mr. Bailey personally purchased all imported merchandise until he was well into his 60's, he crossed the Atlantic 140 times, by steamship, on buying trips. The name of the firm changed to Bailey Banks & Biddle in 1878. On March 1st of that year, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin reported that the new management team would consist of general partners Joseph T. Bailey II, George W. Banks of J.E. Caldwell & Co, and Samuel Biddle of Robbins, Biddle & Co.

Bailey Banks & Biddle's history is entwined with that of the United Staes of America, in 1904 the firm created the updated and final version of the Great Seal of the United States. In 1905, Bailey Banks & Biddle crafted the modern day Medal of Honor, America's highest military award. It is awarded "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in actual combat against an armed enemy force." Since it was first awarded during the Civil War, the Medal of Honor has been awarded 3,460 times.

For more of the history of Bailey, Banks & Biddle click here.


The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 570 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format. A larger 120 dpi image also in maximum quality JPEG format can be forwarded by email if required.

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. Surface 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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