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Rare Mintons *Christopher Dresser* Block Printed Tile


• Condition: Excellent
• Price: £120 (approx. $158)
• Ref: #06213

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Numerous tiny/minute rim chips, very clean and near perfect surface consistent with being a showroom sample tile.


 

• Style: Aesthetic movement
• Technique: Block print
• Designer: Christopher Dresser?
Maker: Mintons
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: 1882 (circa)

 

A very rarely found design from Mintons at least I can't recall seeing it before and I've been looking out for it for a while. A thicker 'hearth quality' and buff clay bodied tile so quite substantial and durable, nicely printed in earth tones and with an excellent glossy glaze.

Quite a charming design encompassing many sensibilities for it has both naivety and the precision of a technical drawing.

Possibly a showroom sample for written verso in pencil is a number, 1932, which is likely the pattern number which appears to be correct in comparison with others of similar number and date, also a price code.

This tile appears in a video entitled 'Truth, Beauty, Power" which is found on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igbB8TRQnuA (at eight minutes). Described as a "short documentary about arguably the most radical designer of the Nineteenth Century, Dr. Christopher Dresser. He is explored in context with his exact contemporary William Morris. Written and presented by the Dresser scholar and author Harry Lyons."

Verso very clean, embossed Mintons etc., pattern number in pencil together with price code.

 

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