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Minton Bird Series Transfer Printed Tile

• Condition: Excellent
• Price: £90 (approx $120)
• Stock number: 06611

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Half a dozen very tiny/slender rim chips, light surface marks.


Style: Nature study
• Technique: Transfer print
Maker: Minton, Hollins & Co.
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: 1880 (circa)


An excellent bird study print, there are three similar series of bird tiles from Minton Hollins, each with different borders and each done in numerous colourways. One set of ten and two sets of six making perhaps twenty two for it is reported that three tiles appear in two series. All with an excellent variety of aesthetic style borders, super designs of the times.

Made in a variety of colour combinations, quite possibly a dozen or more, it would be fascinating to collect a group in twelve different colourways. This grey clay (drab? - it didn't have the negative connotations that it does now ) with a good solid black print, a great and rare colourway indeed I can't recall seeing it on any other designs/series. Whilst not as attractive colours as the finely painted multicolour examples it is possibly unique and would compliment many interior design and collectors tastes, makes quite a statement too.

Often reported as designed by E W Godwin but this is not the case, also suggested to be by Robert Edis but again not the case. John Bradburn is the most likely designer, as he worked for Minton Hollins during the appropriate period designing mostly aesthetic floral patterns but also some including birds. Bradburn did some pictoral designs for E. Smith and later moved to Maw & Co where he produced many designs including faience for public buildings.

Verso near perfectly clean, embossed usual legend.


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