Pair of Victorian Majolica Figural Tiles
  • Style/technique: Figural majolica
  • Manufacturer: Unattributed
  • Dimensions: 6" x 12"
  • Date: circa 1895


An interesting pair of late 19thC tiles highly embossed and glazed with a rich majolica glaze. Two figures of divergent professions judging by their dress and posture, a lawyer with no doubt veritable tome in one hand and wagging a finger with the other, the cavalier apparently not taking too well to the verbosity one hand on dagger and the other on sword. Victorian artists often illustrated the frustration of the general populace with the excesses of the professional classes, no doubt the cavalier garnered more support!

A rare pair of tiles, I have not found anyway who has seen them previously, apparently quite early for 6" x 12" tiles which were notoriously dificult to make. From the same source but the slight size and colour differences can be seen, the cavalier bears the signs of getting a little too hot in the kiln in shrinkage and glaze colour.

Unattributed, thought most likely to be Woolliscroft or Corn Bros, the tiles have different versos but are clearly a pair, also the furniture in the background is the same. Strikingly similar to works attributed to Joseph Kwiatkowski, the similar backgrounds he did in his pair representing the clergy's excesses for Pilkington as is the general feel of the designs which would lend credence to Woolliscroft for the manufacture.

Condition: Very good
Price: £125 (approx $245)
Ref: 02926

Small chip top edge and a few very tiny/minute edge chips, some rubbing to high points. Firing flaw shrinkage cracks to the face only sealed with glaze and do not go through the tile, a blow near bottom left.

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Condition: Very good
Price: £155 (approx $305)
Ref: 02927

Small edge chips mostly top edge, some rubbing to high points, no significant marks.

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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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