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Pilkington Blue & White Galleon Tile

Condition: Excellent
Price: £250 (approx $404)
Stock number: 03492

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Chip top right corner, half a dozen very tiny surface chips and other very minor surface marks. Perfectly clean and brilliantly glazed.


• Style/technique: Pictoral print
• Manufacturer: Pilkington
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1905 


An excellent stylish ship design by Pilkington Tile & Pottery Co, a rarely seen tile and a super scene of a ship at sail finely engraved and very well printed in a great shade of blue on bright white biscuit. It has been suggested that this is a design by Voysey which may well be the case for it is in his manner and dates from first few years of the edwardian era.

This is pattern number E699, pattern numbers E687 and E688 were registered in late 1901, further transfer print designs were registered in 1902 and pattern numbers E702 and E706 are recorded as 1903*.

It seems that Pilkington tiles with designs by noted, outsourced designers are of a better quality of decoration than others. Good design does not necessarily translate to a good tile, after the design has been originated there are further manufacturing stages, the engraving of the printing plate, the printing of the transfer and its application to the tile. On this tile all have been executed with great care and skill and this is the best printed tile by Pilkington that I can recall seeing.

Verso perfectly clean the earlier edwardian style with bars rather than the later grid, embossed P in opposing corners with little stars which I know not the significance of although similarly situated diamonds have been noted on other Pilkington tiles. Printed pattern number.

*TACS Journal no. 15 article by Barry and Angela Corbett



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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