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Very Rare Wedgwood Barbotine Stencil Tile


• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £170 (approx $264)
• Ref: #04565

UK Special Delivery £178

EU Priority £182

US and World Priority £186

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A little wear to top left and bottom right corners other extremely minor marks


 

• Style: Floral
• Technique: Barbotine stencil*
• Manufacturer: Josiah Wedgwood & Son
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1884

 * Widely but incorrectly called Marsden's Patent or Patent Impressed.

 

An absolutely fascinating group of tiles and, as often is not the case, also very bright and charming tiles.

Made by the barbotine stencil process (which has become confused with patent impressed) which Wedgwood used for thousands of tile designs this the first I know of where the stencilled slip is in white clay and the colours are painted majolica glaze colours. There appears to have been some discussion about the design itself for we have three slight variations, in the bottom right corner there is a tiny leaf which differs on each tile. We have one stencilled and painted, another stencilled and not painted and a third not there at all.

Quite possibly experimental tiles the pattern number has the usual R prefix for barbotine stencils and a further V prefix that used for majolica painted tiles. The advantage would be incredible had the experiment been successful and carried forward indeed could have altered the direction of the tile industry for it would have enabled majolica tiles to be made as short production runs using plain blanks rather than having to go through the.time and expense of modelling tools to press moulded tiles. If successful it may well have replace tubeline as the majolica glaze technique cost effective for limited editions, special designs and the like.

Versos very clean, painted pattern number which suggests around 1883-4.


• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £170 (approx $264)
• Ref: #04565B

UK Special Delivery £178

EU Priority £182

US and World Priority £186

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A little flaking left edge other extremely minor marks.



• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £180 (approx $280)
• Ref: #04565C

UK Special Delivery £188

EU Priority £192

US and World Priority £196

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Tiny chip upper left, touch of roughness and very tiny chip nearby, other extremely minor marks.


 

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