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Rare WWI Classical Majolica Tile


Condition: Mint
Price: £95 (approx $152)
Ref: #04302

UK Special Delivery £103

EU Priority £107

US and World Priority £111

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• Style/technique: Classical majolica
• Manufacturer: Pilkington
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: design registered 1916

 

A super bright classical design, neo classical one should certainly say for the classical elements of ribbons, swags, bead etc are arranged in a modern way. All indented decoration giving a smooth easy to clean surface.

A rare tile for it was designed in the middle of the First World War and well illustrates the retrenchment from the bold, rich colours and high relief at the height of the edwardian era. Commensurate with the times one may say, austerity, practicality and the style reverting to the familiar and trusted in uncertain times. Pilkington one of few, possibly the only tile maker to continue registering designs through the war, they built their business around supplies for institutions for large scale projects and so were less affected by the events than companies catering to the domestic decorative tile market.

In 1916 design registrations in the ceramics and glass category plummeted to around a quarter of those in the period of the decorative wall tile boom 1885 - 1910 so this is rare from that point of view. Also design registrations weren't necessarily for decorative aspects but practical too, engineering designs were also registered for example one sees many for electrical insulators.

Exceptional condition too, it is very rarely that we can say no damage and no manufacturing flaws.

Verso embossed P in the corners and registration number.


Condition: Mint
Price: £95 (approx $152)
Ref: #04302B

UK Special Delivery £103

EU Priority £107

US and World Priority £111

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