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R Minton Taylor Gothic Tile

Condition: Fair
Price: £28 (approx $44)
Stock number: 03868

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Apparently used on a pilaster for one edge has been very neatly mitred by hand, the other edge roughly nibbled indicating that it would be hidden by the other tile forming the inside corner. Some other chips, surface is perfect.


• Style/technique: Gothic block print
• Manufacturer: R Minton Taylor
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: 1869 - 1871 


An interesting tile, not staggeringly decorative but a bit of history. A slightly gothic design, very plain for filling areas of walls, block printed in orangey and chocolatey browns.

Robert Minton Taylor used the branding R Minton Taylor for just two years before being prohibited by the court, changed to Robert Minton Taylor for a few more years, then after a (closer) association with C Minton Campbell relocated and formed the Minton Brick & Tile Co. This name was also prohibited by the court and the company became Campbell Brick and Tile Co again temporarily before settling on the name Campbell Tile Co.

The Minton brand on tiles was owned by Michael Hollins, nephew and first partner to Herbert Minton, it was Hollins that essentially invented industrially made wall tiles. When his former partner Colin Campbell also a nephew of Herbert Minton broke agreements he sued and won the rights to the Minton & Co brand name. Colin Campobell tried a few tricks to get the name or something close in order to take advantage of his former partner's great reputation.

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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