Victorian Majolica Tile
  • Style/technique: Pictorial majolica
  • Manufacturer: Sherwin & Cotton
  • Pattern number: M377
  • Dimensions: 6" x 12"
  • Date: circa 1900


One of a pair of popular Victorian figural tiles of Dickensian characters made by Sherwin & Cotton in the late 19th century. 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, his first of Prime Minister Gladstone, 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 warm, rich mid brown.


Condition: Near perfect
Price: £125 (approx $200)
Ref: 02283

One minute chip near the bottom of the right edge, very light surface marks: a spot of rubbing on his forhead and some very light short scratches mostly near the top edge where the tile has rubbed against its original frame.

The four dark specks near the bottom are manufacturing imperfections, there's also a tiny manufacturing blemish near the left edge, the white speck near the top must have been dust or a mark on the lens, it isn't on the tile.

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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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