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Rare Robert Minton Taylor Tile


Condition: Perfect
Price: £200 (approx $309)
Stock number: 04017

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No damage. Frame has apparently been stained black on top of the original finish, brass feet may not be original.


• Style/technique: Nature study hand painted
• Manufacturer: Robert Minton Taylor
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1873



A rare Robert Minton Taylor tile delicately hand painted with wildflowers set in to a frame or potstand. I take it that the oak frame is original though it has been stained black (I think that it is stain rather than paint and it looks like it would strip back to the oak very easily), I am not sure if the feet are original but no reason to believe not.

The tile is unusual in several respects, it is on azure clay, this was an expensive material, according to a 1905 price list we have plain 6x6 white 3/6; celadon, azure or sage 6/-; decorated blue and white tiles were dearer at 3/- - 3/6, all prices per dozen. The tile has been cut down from 6" x 6" to about 5" x 5" (although the overall size remains near as 6" square), this is clearly original from the position of the decoration. The decoration is underglaze, most hand painted Minton Taylor tiles are overglaze, this greatly increases the likelihood that it was actually decorated at Fenton rather than Kensington or elsewhere. Marked Robert Minton Taylor and so from the period 1871 - 1875.


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.

The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 430 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format. Customers may request a larger 120 dpi image also in maximum quality JPEG format for closer inspection which will be sent by email.


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