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Rare Panel of Shop Fitting Tiles


 

 

  • Style/technique: Victorian majolica
  • Dimensions: 6" x 6" x 4, 12" square overall
  • Manufacturer: Maw & Co
  • Date: circa 1890
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Price: £275 (approx $420)
  • Ref: 03475

 

UK Special Delivery £300

EU £310

US & Worldwide £320

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A rare and excellent panel of tiles depicting a classical variation on the cornucopia theme where the horn of plenty is replaced by a horn composed of sheaves of corn. Nicely embossed and decorated in four glaze colours, top quality tiles with relief moulded versos to maintain a consistent thickness of clay and increase durability. These have a pattern number which dates from around 1880 but they may be a little later as such styles remained popular especially for corporate use.

Nowadays very rare but in their time such designs adorned many grocery shops, inns, hotels &etc. Always affixed to walls with extremely durable portland cement most similar tiles disappeared with the buildings in which they were fitted or succumbed to the modernisations of new shop owners. Always very difficult to salvage and of dubious cost-efficiency for even nowadays the hours required to carefully remove and clean would be difficult to recover and so these are very rare tiles and unlikely to be repeated.

A couple of small and a few tiny chips and occassional light surface marks.

  

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