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Arts & Crafts Majolica Tiles


Condition: Very fine
Price: £80 (approx $123)
Ref: #03834

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Two minute rim chips and two minute outline chips, short light scratch on the background top right otherwise surface is perfect. Slightly imperfect glazing around the edge and it would seem that glaze bubles have been filed off otherwise really glossy and bright and great contrast with the colours.


 

• Style/technique: Arts & Crafts majolica
• Manufacturer: Unattributed
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1892

 

A most interesting majolica tile.

Intriguing design, a stylised floral design more arts & crafts than anything else, too early for art nouveau though one can detect some similar flow of the line all set within a very geometric border. Quite high relief especially the outline to the border, indented too so a good range, must have been made after 1890 or maybe just slightly before, the technology only in the hands of a few companies at the date and this not known to be by one of them.

The design shows some adventure, some characteristics of the works of Christopher Dresser but you'd never know it by reading the books about him. Of course he didn't design any tiles but authors don't let that stand in the way of a good story. The best books to learn about Dresser's thoughts on design are those he wrote himself which are available as reprints at a fraction of the price of later books by pottery dealers. Dresser's interest in designing tiles is clearly shown in his books, there is no mention of them.

In 1894 Pilkingtons reintroduced the raised outline technique to keep glazes separated and it soon became widely adopted for multicolour tiles although rather more sentitively done than Pilkington's first efforts. The outline assisted painters and to a great extent avoided the spill of glazes as we see here the yellow runs in to the background green and the red runs in to both green and yellow. The techbnology used therefore pretty much ties this down to 1890 - 1895.

No idea of the manufacturer, removed from the porchway of a terraced house in Swadlincote so Mansfield were a local manufacturer and a possible candidate, other tiles from the same installation also without recognised marks.

Versos perfectly clean, unmarked generic bars.

 


Condition: Excellent
Price: £70 (approx $108)
Ref: #03834B

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Some tiny chips/roughness to the outline and rim, slightly imperfect glazing around the edge and it would seem that glaze bubles have been filed off. Perfect glossy and bright surface and great contrast with the colours.



Condition: Excellent
Price: £75 (approx $115)
Ref: #03834D

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Enamel loss at the corner motifs, no other damage - very tiny edge chips are during manufacture and glazed over. Perfectly clean, no crazing and most brilliantly glazed.



Condition: Excellent
Price: £70 (approx $108)
Ref: #03834E

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Some tiny chips/roughness to the outline and rim, slightly imperfect glazing around the edge and it would seem that glaze bubles have been filed off. Perfect glossy and bright surface and great contrast with the colours.


 

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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