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Art Nouveau Majolica Tile Richards

 

• Condition: Near perfect
• Price: £80 (approx $100)
• Ref: #04118C

  
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Top right corner slightly worn at the tip other marks are manufacturing flaws. No surface marks whatsoever and fabulously brilliantly glazed.


 

• Style/technique: Art nouveau majolica
• Manufacturer: Richards
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1905

 

An interesting tile and design, art nouveau many would say, yes indeed it is but not in its entirety. One of Richards first new designs in the Pinnox works which they started building in 1901 and completed in 1903 and that period epitomises the move to the new style of art nouveau.

A great design, at first I thought a thistle but it's dandelions, most unusual. In the arts & crafts manner of filling the space but not as naturalistic as arts & crafts depictions rather more stylised in the art nouveau style with whiplash-like lines (more lightning strike perhaps). I can't recall seeing it before and was very pleased to add one to the personal collection for pleasure and research. There's not a lot of such tiles, the genre that truly overlaps arts & crafts and art nouveau, brilliant to study, almost essential for the art student.

I call this organic moulding, no raised outline to contain the glazes and so demanding more painting skills and even more technical skills in the formulation of the glazes. Materials technology, that is what is driving innovation in this first decade of the 21st century and did to a great extent in the 1900 period. No raised outline which in many cases spoiled the design by detracting from the glazes.

Dandelion leaves are really healthy food, better than just about anything from the supermarket, add to salads for a bit of different taste!

Versos very clean, diagonal rails, embossed England bead reserve indicating around 1905 for manufacture date.

 

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