'Victorian' Figural Majolica Tile
  • Style/technique: Pictorial majolica
  • Manufacturer: J H Barratt
  • Dimensions: 6" x 12"
  • Date: circa 1920


One of a pair of popular Victorian figural tiles of Dickensian characters first made by Sherwin & Cotton in the late 19th century this made in the early twentieth century by J H Barratt. One of the earliest moulded figural works of George Cartlidge this pair are the precursor to his famous Émaux Ombrants tile portraits. Many were of famous people but he produced many other works both figural and floral. Many other companies produced majolica portrait tiles but rarely matched the excellence of George Cartlidge/Sherwin & Cotton and few made tiles by the more complex and demanding Émaux Ombrants process. These tiles are made in a kind of cross between the majolica and Émaux Ombrants processes, an embossed and indented moulded clay body with a very translucent glaze in a natural olive green/brown.

When Sherwin & Cotton were taken over by Johnsons in 1911 Cartlidge was partner in a new company Adams & Cartlidge but the timing was ill-fated due to the oncoming war. He later took his patterns and skills to J H Barratt before leaving the tile industry to make pottery designs, his famous 'Morrisware' and even more evocative designs from his own studio.

Condition: Near perfect
Price: £95 (approx $153)
Ref: 01036

One minute chip towards the top of the right edge, a little scuffing near the edges and a touch of rubbing to high points.

UK Special Delivery £105

US and World Airsure £120

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The image is a little oversize rather than cropped close to the edges so that the edges can easily be seen and any chips etc can be quickly spotted. Other marks described are usually not visible at all when the tile is viewed straight as one normally sees it and can only be seen with a critical eye when the tile is tilted to catch imperfections in reflected light. For more details of how we describe marks see Condition.

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