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Pair of Dancing Maidens with Flowers Émaux Ombrants Tiles


Style: Figural
Technique: Émaux ombrants
Maker: Unknown
Dimensions: 6" x 12" each tile
Date: circa 1895


An outstanding and rare pair of tiles, I can't recall seeing them before and I can't identify the manufacturer. The figures are so lively that others appear stiff in comparison, the creator of the images and the modeller's skill, likely the same person, is incredible. The only real comparison is with George Cartlidge's work for Sherwin & Cotton's although a pair by Godwin & Hewitt also come close, those by Woolliscroft and Craven Dunnill miss by some way and Pilkington's and Mintons are left in the dust.

They are true émaux ombrants, the tile face virtually flat the detail impressed rather than embossed which requires a glaze both highly translucent and intensely coloured. The glaze is intensely crazed and the biscuit is warped a little more than Sherwin & Cotton's so whilst a little less proficient than the market leader the splendor of the art makes this pair amongst the best of the genre.

Versos unmarked, one has written in pencil the price and customer name and address, Mrs Robinson, 5 Tudor Terrace. Above that is, "Dark 1/6 each," which would appear to be the price for the original frames dark indicating the stain colour, 1/6 each would certainly be insufficient to buy the tiles. These tiles were framed from new, they weren't purchased in frames but it is clear that originally they were framed as was often the case with such tiles.

Condition: Near perfect
Price: £450 (approx. $590)
Stock number: 06486/7


UK Special Delivery £480

EU Priority £495

US and World Priority £510

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One tiny corner chip, minor surface marks.


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