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Minton Gothic Enamelled Majolica Tile


• Condition: Near perfect
• Price: £120 (approx $160)
• Stock number: 06433

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Two corners have very minor marks, perhaps wear, perhaps glaze misses, otherwise perfect.


 

• Style: Gothic
• Technique: Enamelled majolica
• Maker: Minton, Hollins & Co. (Minton & Co.)
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: 1865 (circa)

 

A superb example of traditional majolica, opaque glazes on a coloured clay body. Eight colours on any kind of Victorian tile is rare and these are clear and bright. Truly a work of art requiring excellent painting skills. This design is featured both in Austwick (page 48) and Lockett (page 206).

These are very durable tiles such that they were quite frequently used in exterior walls, they are some of the best quality tiles ever made and cost a small fortune in their day.

This is almost certainly a design by A W Pugin who was a close associate of Herbert Minton as relayed by Barnard:

Pugin (1812 - 1852), the pioneer of the Gothic Revival, was an intimate friend of Herbert Minton's. Writing in 1861, Benjamin Ferrey says that, "among the various objects occupying Pugin's attention, not one received a greater share than the revival of encaustic tiles."

The preface to 1880s Mintons China Works tile catalogue states:

The process for the decoration of tiles was favoured by the late Mr A Welby Pugin, "the great restorer of Gothic Art," in the Houses of Parliament and in many other places, and the patterns in that style of ornament in this book are all from his hand.

The pattern number 154 would be from the first few years of tile making by Herbert Minton, possibly as early as 1835. Of course it would then have been made as encaustic rather than majolica and probably only in two or three colours. It is taken that the 'M' suffix to the pattern number refers to majolica.

Versos very clean, embossed Minton & Co., Stoke on Trent.


• Condition: Near perfect
• Price: £120 (approx $160)
• Stock number: 06433B

UK Special Delivery £130

EU Priority £134

US and World Priority £138

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The face of the tile is perfect however there are large chips to two corners verso, just a warning for those who would rather look at the back of their tiles!


 

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