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Rare Robert Minton Taylor
Price: £200 (approx
No damage. Frame has apparently been stained
black on top of the original finish, brass feet may
not be original.
Style/technique: Nature study hand
Manufacturer: Robert Minton Taylor
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: circa 1873
A rare Robert Minton Taylor tile delicately
hand painted with wildflowers set in to a frame
or potstand. I take it that the oak frame is
original though it has been stained black (I
think that it is stain rather than paint and it
looks like it would strip back to the oak very
easily), I am not sure if the feet are original
but no reason to believe not.
The tile is unusual in several respects, it
is on azure clay, this was an expensive
material, according to a 1905 price list we have
plain 6x6 white 3/6; celadon, azure or sage 6/-;
decorated blue and white tiles were dearer at
3/- - 3/6, all prices per dozen. The tile has
been cut down from 6" x 6" to about 5" x 5"
(although the overall size remains near as 6"
square), this is clearly original from the
position of the decoration. The decoration is
underglaze, most hand painted Minton Taylor
tiles are overglaze, this greatly increases the
likelihood that it was actually decorated at
Fenton rather than Kensington or elsewhere.
Marked Robert Minton Taylor and so from the
period 1871 - 1875.
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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