Aesthetic Transfer Printed Tile
  • Style/technique: Aesthetic Print
  • Manufacturer: T & R Boote*
  • Dimensions: 6" x 6"
  • Date: Circa 1885


A unique and fascinating design featuring heraldic symbols alternating with gothic abstracts in chocolate brown on off-white. The designs feature in John Leighton's design book Suggestions in Design first published in 1852 and in an expanded edition in 1881, other tile patterns have been noted as originating from the book. The heraldic Dolphin symbolises swiftness, diligence, salvation charity and love and the Lion Rampant Regardant symbolises deathless courage and are both presented in highly stylised form. Interesting to note that the hatching is different on all four quadrants, the figure of the lion, the maltese cross, the squares to the other quarter's corners and the backgorund of the dolphin. Quite an exercise in design.

*Verso is typical Boote ring back but they did sell biscuit to other tile decorators.

Condition: Fair
Price: £55 (approx $110)
Ref: 02571

Small chip near the bottom of the right edge, very small slice top left corner, minute chip bottom edge. Hairline start point just below mid left edge about three inches on the front of the tile and one inch on the back which demotes this to fair condition otherwise it would be classed as excellent. Surface condition is generally excellent and the glaze shows good brilliance.

UK Special Delivery £63

US and World Airsure £70

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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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