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Art Nouveau Printed & Majolica Glazed Tile

• Condition: Fine
• Price: £270 (approx. $339)
• Ref: #07030

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Tiny chip bottom left corner, minor surface marks.


• Style: Art nouveau
• Technique: Printed and majolica glazed
• Maker: Henry Richards
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: 1905 (circa)


A rare and fabulous art nouveau tile with a bold design bright summer colours and in most brilliant glazes. Henry Richards was the only company to use this technique of printed outline and painted with brilliant 'majolica' lead-glaze colours in the 20th century, Marsden did a few in the 19th century and there are some by Wedgwood too which were likely made for them by Marsden had with oridnary slim printed outlines.

I've seen about half a dozen different designs using the process this most frequently, I may have seen ten, the others just one or two. I don't think I've seen any without a manufacturing flaw, this has just a minute pimple in the glaze. All bold designs, I suspect there are at least a couple of dozen in the range so many more to yet discover. But they may take a while to come to light, such bold and brilliant designs call for adventurous interior design. Most fireplace tiles were supplied by builders in new homes, they would play it safe and go for popular designs with broad appeal. Similar to a lesser extent with furniture as almost inevitably there were two or more people party to the decision so compromise was required.

Verso very clean, embossed England.


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