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Unusual Sponged Stencil Tile Derwent Foundry Co., Derby


• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £60 (approx $96)
• Ref: #04662

UK Special Delivery £68

EU Priority £72

US and World Priority £76

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Tiny, shallow chip bottom right corner otherwise perfect.


 

• Style: Arts & crafts floral
• Technique: Sponged stencil
• Manufacturer: Derwent Foundry*
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: design registered 1887

 

 

A highly stylised 'arts & crafts movement style' floral, perhaps orchid, design; in 'gold' and blue and in an unusual technique.

The technique is often described as aerography, a confusing term mostly used and described in dictionaries as study of the atmosphere but in these instance used as a rather fanciful name for the widely understood process of airbrushing the suggestion being that they were sprayed. It was apparently used almost exclusively by George Woolliscroft & Son and many on tiles they apparently made for Derwent Foundry Co of Derby.

The term 'aerography' is apparently based upon a misunderstanding, given the technology available at the time, its cost and the relative cost of labour it appears to be a hand work process. On close inspection of numerous examples it appears that the colours were applied to transfer paper by sponging through stencils. The effect is soft as is achieved by sponging and the texture is that of sponging; the decoration on some examples has flaws indicative of stencils such as elongated smudges and also has signs of transfer printing such as creases in the transfer paper. The logical conclusion is that the design was sponged via stencils on to transfer paper.

It should be noted that decorating on to transfer paper which was then applied to the tile blank was more widely used than is generally understood, many of the 'handpainted' William de Morgan & Co tiles were painted on to transfer paper with the assistance of an outline and so more accurately may be described as traced and coloured, de Morgan even imported transfers that were painted in Italy.

Versos very clean printed logo, pattern and registration numbers.


• Condition: Perfect
• Price: £75 (approx $120)
• Ref: #04662B

UK Special Delivery £108

EU Priority £112

US and World Priority £116

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Perfect.



• Condition: Excellent
• Price: £50 (approx $80)
• Ref: #04662C

UK Special Delivery £58

EU Priority £62

US and World Priority £66

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One tiny, one very tiny and a couple of minute chips left edge.


 

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