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Rare Waterside Architecture Minton Tile


Condition: Near perfect
Price: £100 (approx $163)
Stock number: 03518

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Exceedingly minor marks to the edges, surface is perfect.


• Style/technique: Pictorial print
• Manufacturer: Mintons China Works
• Pattern number: 2475
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1895



A pastoral scene of what appears to be a canal due to the elevation, beyond the far embankment appears a thatched roof which clearly is below water level. Altogether an encompassing view with thatched cottage, village church and boatman tending his boat in the foreground.

Transfer printed from an engraving almost certainly by L T Swetnam (Wise died two years before the series was introduced) and in a good shade of blue on white, given the theme of the series being water blue is perhaps the most appropriate colour for printing. Of those from the series seen this view appears to be less common although I don't believe all have been recorded in modern times and old records of this series prove elusive. A rare series, don't be put off that we have a few on the site it is merely because over the last few years we have been seeking them out for research.

'Waterside Architecture' is probably the last 6" x 6" landscape series that Mintons China Works produced and the only one I have seen in post 1900 catalogues. The theme apparently is of waterways and pools with man-made structures nearby which include bridges, mills, towers etc, I can recall seeing maybe eight or ten so presumably a series of twelve but they don't come along very often. A great series to collect or a great gift for the fisherman!

Pattern number 2475 will date the series' introduction to early 1891, pattern number 2469 is also of waterside architecture views (eg Warwick Castle) but in 6" x 12" and 12" x 6" format.

Verso perfectly clean, embossed Mintons etc.


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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