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Excellent Pair of Marsden Floral Stencilled Slip Tiles

  • Style/technique: Floral stencilled slip
  • Manufacturer: Marsden Tile Co
  • Pattern number M533
  • Dimensions: 6" x 6"
  • Date: circa 1895

An excellent pair of arts and crafts style designs of flowing, natural floral forms that fills the tiles yet with perfect density at no time being overly heavy. Wonderfully clear and crisp this the characteristic feature of the stencilled slip technique contrasting with the softer edges of organic majolica or glaring bright 'cloisonné' outline moulding. Four stencilled colours with a super blue for the petals and reddish brown for the flower centres, superbly enhanced by two colours of amazingly brilliant majolica glaze.

Stencilled slip tiles became popular with Marsden's association with Wedgwood who produced far more stencilled tile designs than any other process including Thomas Allen's favourite transfer printing. Even with the low origination costs of stencilled designs the bean counters at Wedgwood (the company was by this time over 100 years old and run by accountants and shareholder demands) failed to grasp the importance of the symmetry and balance afforded by handed designs whereas Marsden made several.

So here we have an excellent pair from Marsden Tile Co without the constraints of the bean-counters and inspired by the will of the owner-entrepeneur, not only stencilled but also 'rainbow glazed' in the most excellent and brilliant glazes. The pattern although quite well known is usually found with lesser colouring in the slips and more importantly usually just a single colour of glaze. I think these qualify as rare for there were three pairs in the fireplace but one pair was a mis-match so there were two left hands and four right hands. This pair is the only pair offered for sale and a classic example of where the sum is greater than the individual parts.

Versos perfectly clean, no maker's mark as usual for Marsden, pattern number incised.

Condition: Very fine
Price: £440 (approx $629)
Ref: 03330


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Left tile is near perfect with just a few very minor marks. Right tile is very fine, no significant damages but a few light surface marks the most pronounced being some scuffing just visible on the leaves top right.


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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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