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Early Colour Printed Landscape Tile

• Condition: Excellent
• Price: £75 (approx $122)
• Stock number: 03322

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Two tiny edge chips, short scrape bottom right corner. Surface condition is near perfect, very clean, excellent bright colours.


Style/technique: Pictorial multicolour print
Manufacturer: The Decorative Art Tile Co*
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: circa 1903

* Attribution from 20th Century Decorative British Tiles by C Blanchett wherein this tile is illustrated.


An idyllic rural scene of two men fishing from a boat in the mill pond with a great country house in the distance. Such landscapes seem to have been produced around the turn of the century as similar scenes may be found on tiles by Mintons Ltd, Malkin, and smaller studios and decorators. Few however are multicolour printed and this is an excellent multicolour printed tile, very well printed such that often experienced tile dealers assert that it and its kin are handpainted.

The Decorative Art Tile Company is believed to have closed doors in 1907 so this is a good example of quite early colour printing. Little seems to be known or at least written of the development of colour printing for ceramics other than the block printing 'Reynold's Patent' process. Colour printing had been done in the late 19thC by many ceramic companies the likes of Steele & Wood, Maw & Co, W B Simpson, Sherwin & Cotton on tiles, over time the range of colours increased and as did print resolution. This is a slightly limited colour palette although all are natural colours appropriate to the scene. The natural colours enabled high resolution printing and this is a truly convincing example, the print resolution is so good that it is often assumed to be handpainted.

Verso very clean, unmarked, typical Boote grid as commonly used by Decorative Art Tile Co at the time.


The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 430 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format and on screen is about the size as it would be in real life at the same distance. A larger 120 dpi image also in maximum quality JPEG format can be forwarded by email if required.

The image is a little oversize rather than cropped close to the edges so that the edges can easily be seen and any chips etc can be quickly spotted. Other marks described are usually not visible at all when the tile is viewed straight as one normally sees it and can only be seen with a critical eye when the tile is tilted to catch imperfections in reflected light. For more details of how we describe marks see Condition.


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