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Idyllic Rural Watermill Printed Tile

Condition: Very fine
Price: £95 (approx $142)
Stock number: 02708

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Half a dozen very tiny > minute surface chips near the rim, very slight surface marks. Excellently bright and clean and in good colour.


• Style/technique: Pictorial Print
• Manufacturer: Probably H A Ollivant*
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: Circa 1885


An excellent tile with a good illustration of a watermill, very competant original artwork and engraving equal, perhaps superior to similar works by more famous names like Mintons and William Wise.

Signed with the monogram EJ or EJP near bottom left which is apparently incomplete for on printed tile landscapes of similar style and of similar date the signature E J B Evans is found. This name is unknown to us but is likely to be the artist rather than the engraver and an independent working in the Stoke on Trent area as the other tiles are by The Decorative Art Tile Co. There was an artist in the late 19thC called J B Evans who specialised in landscapes, so this may be the son or daughter perhaps producing engravings from the father's work rather than being the artist.

This view appears on a printed tile from Mintons and hand painted on a tea pot stand from Maw. The Mintons likely from the 'Waterside Architecture' series dating from 1891 and probably engraved by Swetnam. Almost any landscape from Mintons gets attributed to Wise but it seems he did few only one being signed and that as usual a copy of a typical tourist spot almost certainly copied from a book. The 'Waterside Architecture' series can not be by Wise for they were introduced two years after his death which was preceded by a period of illness. Many landscapes on victorian tiles have be traced back to books and likely virtually all have their origins there.

*Verso spotlessly clean with six bars and without clue as to the maker however this tile is most likely made by Ollivant or Wooliscroft due to the style of the corner motifs. Austwick shows a similar picture from Ollivant which also appears in the Minton 'Waterside Architecture' series.


The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 430 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format and on screen is about the size as it would be in real life at the same distance. A larger 120 dpi image also in maximum quality JPEG format can be forwarded by email if required.

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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