Arts & Crafts
Maker: Doulton & Co.
8" x 8"
Date: 1880 (circa)
Condition: Very fine
Price: £450 (approx. $552)
An excellent free-flowing painted tile in
four gorgeous blues, rarely found, hand painted
on a top quality Minton, Hollins & Co.
blank. Eight inch tiles from Doulton & Co.
are relatively rare and their arts & crafts
tiles almost without comparison for quality.
I can not help but compare this tile with
those from close-by London manufacturer William
de Morgan & Co. for whilst de Morgan &
Co. has the greater reputation its wares were
far inferior to those of Doulton & Co.. It
is quite a travesty that the mass-produced wares
of de Morgan & Co. have magically acquired
greater status than the superior wares of other
Verso very clean, embossed XXX (for Minton,
Hollins & Co.), Stamped Doulton, Lambeth,
painted numbers for pattern and painters.
Very slight chipping top left corner, other
very minor marks, surface very near perfect.