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Mintons Japonesque Aesthetic Tile


Condition: Near perfect
Price: £80 (approx $122)
Ref: 02861

UK Special Delivery £123

EU Priority £127

US and World Priority £131

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Three very tiny edge chips, the most minimal surface marks, no crazing, extremely clean and bright.

 

• Style: Japonesque aesthetic
• Technique: Transfer print
• Manufacturer: Mintons
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1880

 

 

A super aesthetic design of vignettes with flowers and a crane and other little flowerheads floating against a key pattern hatched background. A distinctive design of its period and in a nice shade of blue.

On occassion cited as perhaps a Christopher Dresser design but rather more in the Anglo-Japanese style of the noted architect Thomas Jeckyll who designed ironwork and likely tiles for Barnard, Bishop & Barnard. Mintons Ltd made tiles for BBB including one of a similar style, it is most likely that Mintons continued with their usual practice and their internal designers based the pattern on one they had seen. The background hatching on this tile is almost identical to that on some fireplaces by BBB. There are no wall tile designs known to have been designed to Christopher Dresser that I am aware of despite many such alleged attributions and it is most unlikely that he designed any tiles for a variety of reasons, in his own book designs for many media and materials are shown but none for tiles.

Dresser as with all noted designers whose work was illustrated and published in the media was much imitated, there is no doubt that Mintons Ltd amongst many others would have plagarised and possibly copied Dresser designs for other materials and applied them to tiles. After years of trying even the noted Dresser expert Harry Lyons was unable to find any designs for his book that he could cite designed by Dresser instead he uses the phrases "in the style of Dresser" and "all typical Dresser motifs". Lyons by his own admission is confused about the chronology of the Minton companies and unfortunately shows Mintons Ltd marks for pottery alongside tiles to which they do not apply thus continuing and expanding upon the confusion.

In the Mintons China Works catalogue four of these tiles are shown in a group in different orientations.

 

Versos clean a little smoke stain embossed Mintons etc.


• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £70 (approx $112)
• Ref: #02861B

UK Special Delivery £78

EU Priority £82

US and World Priority £86

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Very tiny chip bottom left corner, a few very tiny/minute edge and surface marks, no crazing, extremely clean and bright.


• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £70 (approx $112)
• Ref: #02861E

UK Special Delivery £78

EU Priority £82

US and World Priority £86

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Slight wear to the tip of the rim one very tiny rim chip other very slight marks.



• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £70 (approx $112)
• Ref: #02861F

UK Special Delivery £78

EU Priority £82

US and World Priority £86

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Slight wear to the tip of the rim mostly left edge other very slight marks.


 

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