Condition: Fairly good
Price: £115 (approx $183)
Style/technique: Pictorial block
Manufacturer: Mintons Ltd
Artist: J Moyr Smith
8" x 8"
Date: circa 1880
A tile from the popular Shakespeare series by
John Moyr Smith for Mintons, uncommon in being
the larger size and in multicolour.
Familiar to collectors in standard 6" x 6"
outline print the multicolour versions are
uncommon. Bizarrely called 'monochrome' in the
Mintons catalogue - you'd have thought that even
if Mintons marketing department had made the
mistake the colour printers would have corrected
it but it seems not. The six inch multicolour
series in grey are not too uncommon, the browns,
which I prefer are considerably less often
found, probably about as frequently as Thompsons
Seasons. There are only eighteen of the
multicolour Shakespeares. This larger size, in
the misnamed 'sepia monochrome', appear in the
catalogue as pattern number 1710 and with the
typo 'Skapespeare Series'.
About a dozen rim chips from small to very
tiny, some light rubbing and scuffing to the
surface neither take too much away. The tile
displays well and would be excellent framed.