Style: Arts & crafts
Technique: Patent printing
Maker: H & R Johnson*
Dimensions: 3" x 6"
Date: circa 1910
A very full design in the arts & crafts
manner printed in bright pastel colours. A
fascinating tile, I've seen few similar. Perhaps
based on a similar looking George Marsden 19th
century patent which appears to be printing in
multicolour in a single process, the patent
would almost certainly have expired when this
was made anyway. I have seen similar on Maw
& Co. and Godwin & Thynne tiles, perhaps
all used the process or perhaps another company
bought in plain tiles to decorate for they are
all overglaze decorated.
It has been suggested that they may be
stencilled, I don't believe so. Having had more
than one example of two different designs I have
had the opportunity to compare and they do no
exhibit telltale signs of stencilling. There
were other printed tles made in the 19th century
not least by Mintons and Maw which rather well
resemble stencilled decoration.
Versos perfectly clean, some embossed with
the patent number for Johnson's lock back.
Condition: Near perfect
Price: £85 (approx. $107)
Stock number: 07036
A little roughness to the tip of the rim top
right otherwise perfect.