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Neo-Classical/Art Nouveau Fusion Majolica Tile


• Condition: Fine
• Price: £75 (approx $115)
• Ref: #04092

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Small scratch near bottom left corner, just a couple of touches of rubbing to the high relief, perfectly clean and brilliantly glazed.


 

• Style: Neo-classical/art nouveau fusion.
• Technique: Embossed majolica
• Maker: Unknown
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1900

 

This is a fabulous quality tile and a great design too. Lively and fresh, super quality of design, wonderful manufacture, modelling of the mould, pressing and glazing, - a lovely rich forest green glaze. Stylistically a fusion of neo-classical, arts & crafts and art nouveau, similar sensibiities to the Mintons design in the background.

The quality of manufacture can not be underestimated which should limit the candidates for maker, It is better quality than either of the Mintons produced of the type, Malkin perhaps though I can't recall any embossed tile by them quite as crisp. E Smith did some similar quality wares, Craven Dunnill and Maw were certainly capable but from the known manufacturers my best guess is Burmantoft's/Leeds Art Pottery.

Two tiles to compare, here a Minton with design dated 1898, here a similar tile from the same collection and with extremely similar characteristics.

Verso very clean absolutely plain, unmarked save for a decorators mark in glaze.

 

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