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Dutch Scene Glaze Painted Tile

Condition: Excellent
Price: £70 (approx $113)
Stock number: 04042

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Tiny chip upper right, minute dark marks in the sky are printing flaws, surface has a few very light scratches approximately in a circle so presumably used for a teapot or plantpot stand at some time. Very clean, brilliant glazes and super bright colours.


• Style/technique: Dutch scene glaze painted
• Manufacturer: Richards
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1935



A pretty and brightly coloured dutch scene tile with printed outlines and painted in glazes. As dutch scenes became popular on English tiles in the middle of the edwardian era they appeared in all of the usual techniques this by Richards being an unusual technique and practiced by few.

Glaze paintiung was a most difficult technique for the glazes would run in to each other and merge in firing so soon after the introduction of lead glazed majolica tiles the majority had a raised or indented outline to contain their flow. Another rarer technique, cuerda seca, used painted outlines with oil as medium for the clay/stain rather than water, the oil resisted the water-based stains and helped the keep them apart. Without such outlines few companies attempted glaze painting and only those whose glaze technology was very advanced, Sherwin & Cotton, Marsden and Craven Dunnill. Printing afforded no such physical barrier so these designs always show some bleeding, they continued in to production until the 1930s, or at least were reintroduced then, but still the glazes ran two decades later.

Early example of the series can clearly be identified as approximately 1905 - 1908 by the verso style, Richards had a vast catalogue of modern designs and reintroduced many in the 1920s and 1930s.



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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