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Rare Colour Printed Floral Tile

• Condition: Excellent
• Price: £80 (approx $127)
• Stock number: 04637

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Very small chip top edge, more on the side barely on the face, a few other very tiny/shallow marks to the rim, surface is near perfect.


• Style/technique: Floral/geometric colour print
• Manufacturer: Ollivant
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1900



An excellent floral-geometric design with a bold red flower, perhaps a poppy, as the centrepiece. A strong rococo style border in chocolate brown and 'gold' with green foliage and small motifs in the corners, middle of the sides are small half flowerheads in a dusky pink. Quite a bold and dramatic design in the style for tiling walls and large areas but I think it was a bit strong even for victorian and edwardian sensibilities for it's the only one I can recall seeing.

Most interesting is that it is a print, all of the colours are printed including the red. Tile manufacturers in the 19th century experimented with all manner of printing processes judging by the patents awarded but few other than Reynold's patent used by Mintons seem to have been commercially successful. It was only in the very late 19th century that Mintons achieved a good range of colours and by then the emphasis had moved on to majolica glazes.

Verso embossed O. C. V. and England, written number presumably a pattern number.


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