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Humorous Print & Tint Hunting Bird Tiles

• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £150 (approx $199)
• Stock number: 04983

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Minor marks to the rim, perfect surface.


• Style: Nature study
• Technique: Print & painted
• Manufacturer: Malkin*
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1890



A tile from an uncommon series presumably of twelve, I'm not sure that I've seen that many but there were sets of many quantities including several sets of seven. Perhaps also made in eight inch versions for very similar are found occasionally. A curious series featuring birds in rather unusual and at times undignified poses, printed in brown and tinted in bright colours on strong buff clay bodies.

Humour can often be seen in tile designs especially with animals, there's a series apparently of mischievous dogs and Lockett remarks that hunting scenes are often humorous, perhaps this series combines the two. A great decorative series anyway, fun and interesting pictures and bright colours.

This along with several others were found on Malkin blanks however they are also seen on generic grid blanks (often attributed to Minton or Mintons by less scrupulous sellers) so one must assume decorated by as yet unidentified maker who used blanks from several companies. The designs also seen claimed to be by Pierre Mallet however there is no evidence to substantiate this claim other than some similarity in style, perhaps the maker used Mallet's designs as one of many sources.

Verso very clean, unmarked distinctive Malkin grip pattern.


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