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Rare Émaux Ombrants Art Nouveau Majolica Tile

• Condition: Excellent
• Price: £80 (approx $122)
• Stock number: 03122

UK Special Delivery £90

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One very tiny and one minute surface chips, minor chips/roughness to the bottom edge, few other extremely minor marks. Glaze surface is near perfect,a truly excellent tile.


• Style: Art nouveau
• Technique: Émaux ombrants
• Maker: Sherwin & Cotton
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: 1905 (circa)


A superb and rare example of émaux ombrants art nouveau the technique widely known for its use in portraits here the same clarity and definition brought to art nouveau floral design. Almost certainly designed by George Cartlidge the design having fabulous flow and movement. A magical tile the finished tile surface being very smooth and near flat it produces a kind of holographic 3D effect.

Making such tiles was an artistic and skilled process from start to finish. The outstanding quality of the modelling and moulding is clear, in addition the glazing had to be consistent but perhaps most of all the firing had to be perfect to achieve best results. The glaze being both highly translucent and yet rich in colour would create unsightly pooling if for example the tile was not level in the kiln.

These were the most high-tech tile products of the era and were very expensive approaching double the price of ordinary majolica tiles, including those in multicolour, and almost as expensive as tube lined tiles. The most practical of highly decorative tiles the very low relief and smooth surface making the tile easy to clean and avoiding the damages associated with most high relief tiles.

Versos very clean, light staining near the edges, usual Sherwin marks and locks.

• Condition: Very good
• Price: £55 (approx $84)
• Stock number: 03122B

UK Special Delivery £65

EU Priority £69

US and World Priority £73

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Three very tiny surface chips, other light surface marks, a little glaze flakes and staining mostly on the side edges barely showing on the face. Glaze surface is generally excellent.


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