Aesthetic Arts & Crafts Blue and White Elements Tile
 
  • Style/technique: Pictorial Print
  • Manufacturer: Minton Hollins
  • Dimensions: 6" x 6"
  • Date: Circa 1885

 

From a fabulous and rare series by Minton Hollins representing the classical elements of earth, air, fire and water and the seasons, printed in a superb shade of blue on brilliant white body. Excellent artwork, economical and built upon the strength of the line without shading the illustrations depict the subjects with clarity. It appears as if the designer was challenged with representing the subjects in novel forms as the usual depictions of figural subjects have been replaced by an eclectic mixture and demonstrate the artist's wonderful sense of humour.

Whilst nowadays the order earth, air, fire and water is the accepted norm it was not so in Victorian times, the sequence of fire, air, water, earth as depicted in these tiles has the provenance of Shakespeare in the play Pericles, Prince of Tyre and in the Victorian era with newly available literature for all the works of Shakespeare were iconic and influential on many aspects of art and life in the wider sense.

Verso fully marked as one would expect for Minton Hollins


Condition: Excellent
Price: £120 (approx $194)
Ref # 02709

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Small and very small surface chips near bottom edge, two tiny surface chips on the swan - near invisible, a scratch on the horn of the fruit basket, other very tiny and very slight marks. Excellently bright and clean and in good colour.

 

Style/technique: Pictorial Print
Manufacturer: Minton Hollins
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: Circa 1885

 

 

From a fabulous and rare series by Minton Hollins representing the classical elements of earth, air, fire and water and the seasons, printed in a superb shade of blue on brilliant white bodies. Excellent artwork, economical and built upon the strength of the line without shading the illustrations depict the subjects with clarity. It appears as if the designer was challenged with representing the subjects in novel forms as the usual depictions of figural subjects have been replaced by an eclectic mixture and demonstrate the artist's wonderful sense of humour.

Whilst nowadays the order earth, air, fire and water is the accepted norm it was not so in Victorian times, the sequence of fire, air, water, earth as depicted in these tiles has the provenance of Shakespeare in the play Pericles, Prince of Tyre and in the Victorian era with newly available literature for all the works of Shakespeare were iconic and influential on many aspects of art and life in the wider sense.

Verso fully marked as one would expect for Minton Hollins

 

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