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Minton Reactive Glaze Embossed Tile


• Condition: Fine
• Price: £120 (approx. $162)
• Stock number: 06556

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Couple very tiny rim chips, couple very tiny losses, left flower has wear on the edge of one petal, unevenness to the rim in manufacture accentuated by the glaze.


 

• Style: Art nouveau
• Technique: Embossed majolica
• Maker: Minton, Hollins & Co.
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: 1905 (circa)

 

One of the company's more popular designs from the edwardian era but doesn't really fit any of the standard design genres. Not really art nouveau, not really classical, not really floral, not really Mackintosh roses, what is it then? It's an easygoing, pleasant, unconfrontational design the kind of thing that a committee could approve of. Quite why this design was chosen for such ultramodern experimental/reactive glaze is a conundrum for it is the glaze that makes the tile special.

Reactive glazes are associated with Ruskin, Pilkington and others of the art pottery club but most all major manufacturers indulged often using more interesting combinations of glaze textures and colours. The colour is any case rare and it could be argued that it is an experimental/unstable colour that was incorrectly fired but that is precisely what the art potters are acclaimed for, it is impossible to know how something will turn out until it is fired, and as firing was unpredictable the results could range from awful to wonderful.

Verso very, embossed Minton, Hollins etc. and pattern number.

 

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