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Minton Japanesque Print Tiles


Condition: Very good
Price: £80 (approx $122)
Ref: #03746

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About half a dozen very tiny rim chips, some very light surface scratches only visible when caught in the light.


 

• Style/technique: Japanesque print
• Manufacturer: Mintons Ltd
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1885 

 

An infrequently found pair of oriental scene tiles shown in the Mintons catalogue with pattern numbers 1911 and 1912 indicating an introduction date of 1883. Just a pair for a group of four is illustrated and Mintons used two number for pairs but one number for series with letter suffix. Quite a curious pair, a suggestion perhaps of the theme of the leisures of husband and wife or perhaps she is waving to him as he gets dragged away by the fish?

1911 is a fascinating view of a lady waving to ships sailing bye being set on a fan and surrounded by blossoming branches all in the japanese taste.

1912 has similar border but the scene this time of a fisherman, sporting scenes on 19thC tiles often have an element of humour and this is no exception. The fisherman had caught a rather large fish (carp?) which has dislodged him from his perch on something like a board which is now caught in a tree. His catch in a pail has overturned and a bird looks quizzically on. Quizzically indeed!

A little thicker than normal, not quite the half-an-inch thick 'hearth quality' biscuit but more than the standard 3/8 inch, buff clay is denser and more durable so substantial tiles and rather weighty.

Apparently used as a hearth tile showing some light scratches, minute surface chips and tiny chips to the rim nevertheless displays well and being a uncommon example of aesthetic/japanesque design.

Versos perfectly clean, no makers name but recognised grip pattern.

 


Condition: Very good
Price: £70 (approx $107)
Ref: #03745

UK Special Delivery £78

EU Airsure £83

US and World Airsure £88

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Some tiny chips to the edges, some contiguous along the bottom edge at the right corner. Some very light surface scratches only visible when caught in the light.


 

The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 430 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format and on screen is about the size as it would be in real life at the same distance. 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. 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 more details of how we describe marks see Condition.

 

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