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Floral Print & Tint Celadon Tile

• Condition: Near perfect
• Price: £70 (approx $111)
• Stock number: 03630

UK Special Delivery £79

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A single very tiny chip on the bottom edge otherwise perfect.


Style/technique: Floralprint & tint
Manufacturer: T G & F Booth
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: design registered 1885


This is an example of an under-appreciated genre of tiles, transfer prints on coloured clay. A pretty aesthetic floral design printed in mid brown and coloured with five colours and of excellent manufacturing quality.

Coloured clays were far more expensive than orindary white clay, from a 1905 catalogue the prices for plain tiles are, per doz: white 3/6; ivory 3/9; black or red 5/6; celadon, azure or sage 6/-. 6/- a dozen was more expensive than most transfer prints and even some multicolour majolica tiles!

The coloured clays produced better quality tiles too as white and ivory were the least resistant to crazing. One of the characteristic decorating techniques used on coloured clays was the use of white enamel, this makes white, usually flowers, stand out so much more than on white clay tiles where the white is usually the colour of the clay.

Adding to the other benefits of these tiles is rarity, with an original price around double that of white clay tiles they weren't sold in anything like the quantities of white clay tiles. Today there is little difference in the price so potentially there is a great investment opportunity in these tiles, and many are really decoratively appealing too.

Verso usual Booth grid quite smoke stained but no adhesive residue, printed design registration number just legible.

• Condition: Perfect
• Price: £80 (approx $128)
• Stock number: 03630B

UK Special Delivery £89

EU Priority £93

US and World Priority £97

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