Arts & crafts movement style
Technique: Printed on Patent Morocco
8" x 8"
Date: 1875 (circa)
Price: £125 (approx. $165)
A most rare and interesting tile from Mintons
being of the arts & crafts style and with
the Patent Morocco surface finish. The 'orange
tree' design in all 'all over' style similar to
wallcoverings and fabrics of the era and widely
associated with William Morris indeed Joan Jones
former curator of the Minton Museum states that
it is based upon a design by Morris although no
connection with Mintons is known. The design
appears on sheet one of the Mintons catalogue
with pattern number 1500 indicating a creation
date in the first half of the 1870s.
Tiles made with this Patent Morocco technique
are described thus in the Mintons catalogue,
"The above are patterns of the New Patent
"MOROCCO' Tiles may be done in all tints of
Colour. The surface being Granulated and
Semi-Vitreous the mat or deadened effect is
suitable for those purposes where Glazed Tiles
Such Morocco tiles are very rare, they were
not produced for very long by Mintons China
Works standards, they appear on Sheet 1 of the
Mintons catalogue and were the first range of
patterns to be removed from the catalogue.
Verso clean, embossed Mintons etc.
Half a dozen rim chips from quite large
bottom left corner to very tiny, a couple of
tiny surface chips which otherwise is