8" Moyr Smith Minton Classical Musician Tile

  • Style/technique: Pictorial transfer print
  • Manufacturer: Mintons China Works
  • Dimensions: 8" x 8"
  • Date: circa 1880


One of a series of eight musicians playing classical instruments introduced around 1877, this of a woman playing a kithara. A great design by Moyr Smith, the blocks of colour, restrained design and larger dimensions make this tile a very accessible piece of art.

To my mind the best of the reasonably often found Moyr Smith series which definitely benefits from the larger scale compared to six inch series. Only produced in four colourways according to the record and catalogue but on odd occassions another colourway emerges, single colour outline print examples are known. Colourways are generally more variable due to variations in clay colour (buff was most often used) as well as print. This the only example I have seen of this colourway which is not mentioned in Anne Marie Stapleton's book on the life and work of Moyr Smith. The clay is celedon (light green) and note the background is not coloured with the usual blue.

Definitely a rarity, will attract interest in many collections of Moyr Smith's work. Without the background the vision is of a very clear style, somewhat akin to Walter Crane's contemporary work.


  • Condition: Excellent
  • Price: £320 (approx $475)
  • Ref: 03347


Slight damage to three corners, a couple of other tiny chips. Marks left edge are manufacturing flaws.


UK Special Delivery £330

US and World Airsure £340

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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 a more detailed description of how we describe marks see Condition.


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