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Minton Gothic/Aesthetic Tile

 

Condition: Near perfect
Price: £165 (approx $209)
Ref: #03985

 
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Two minute chips lower left other visible marks are manufacturing flaws, a couple of very light surface scratches not visible unless caught just so in the light.


 

• Style/technique: Gothic/Aesthetic print
• Manufacturer: Mintons Ltd
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1880

 

 

A rare and interesting tile. It's a great design, very simple and very effective, those are two of the main ingredients of great design, a (the) third I would suggest is being in the manner of the sentiment of the times.

The colour, well any blue lighter than mid blue tend to be described as turquoise these days, this is described as "Brilliant Persian Torquoise" by Mintons in their catalogue. Also from the catalogue we see "these are not suitable for hearths" which indicates they are subject to degradation and which clearly limited the market. Now such blue tiles, especially moulded majolica made by both the major Minton companies, have a tendency to lose their brilliance, the surface finish becomes dusty and powdery as if reaction with the atmosphere causes it to break down in to chemical constituents. Furthermore on embossed tiles the high pounts seem very vulnerable showing bright in perfect tiles which are so rarely found for most appear worn as if the glaze softened and was readily dispersed. The glaze on this tile is fabulous and most brilliant.

Stylistically many would no doubt exclaim "Dresser!" but it is perhaps actually by Pugin, of course it can not be by Dr Christopher Dresser for he famously did not design any tiles whatsoever despite all the so-called attributions. The pattern number places it firmly in the bracket of designs that Mintons Ltd copied from Minton & Co/Minton Hollins, the so-called Chr Dresser designs being in similar pattern number range and many of which can be for sure ascribed to Pugin.

Yet another interesting facet of this tile is that the biscuit was cut down prior to printing and glazing. It is still a good six inches, very marginally over in fact, but as can be seen from the image below something approaching 1/4", certainly in excess of 1/8", has been trimmed off on two edges. Also of interest is that circular marks are seen on the trimmed edges, from a saw or grinder.

So after that rather effusive desciption all there is left to say is buy it if you like it. It's the only one we managed to obtain, an appealing design and a fabulous colour, lovely to see and lots of interest to boot.


 

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.

The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 430 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format. Customers may request a larger 120 dpi image also in maximum quality JPEG format for closer inspection which will be sent by email.

 

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