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Mintons Rustic Figures Tile

• Condition: Fine
• Price: £100 (approx $128)
• Stock number: 06886

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Half a dozen very tiny to minute rim chips, surface is perfect


• Style: Pastoral
• Technique: Transfer print
• Manufacturer:Mintons
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1880


From an early series (pattern number 57) of eight a scene of a young man and girl petting a dog, finely printed in dark brown. The colour produces the finest prints especially compared with blues but also black and mid browns and is more consistent with how outlines of shapes are perceived in real life.

By far the most finely engraved series from either Minton & Co, Minton, Hollins & Co. or Mintons the pattern number indicates an origination date in the 1840s or even earlier. It is arguable that for architectural tiles such detail is unnecessary they being viewed at some distance where simplicity of design and a strong outline is desirable so it is likely that the engraving were originally made for tableware. Such argument is bolstered by the fact the Minton, Hollins & Co. did not produce this series after the split and the move to the Patent Tile Works for Mintons theoretically retained the rights to pottery and china whists Minton, Hollins & Co theoretically retained the rights to the tile business and pattern.

However Mintons contiuued making tiles against the spirit of the agreement with Hollins but apparantly not against the terms most notably Pugin's gothic tiles and the Watteau series, the print quality of the early Minton & co./Minton, Hollins & Co. examples are suprior to the later Mintons copies. No examples of Minton, Hollins & Co. copying patterns from Minton's china or pottery are known.

Verso very clean unmarked offset grid.


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