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Rare Marsden Patent Print Tile

• Condition: Near perfect
• Price: £110 (approx $176)
• Stock number: 04968

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Slight loss left edge, perfectly clean and most brilliantly glazed.


Style: Aesthetic floral
• Technique: Patent transfer print
Manufacturer: George Marsden
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: design registered 1890



A nice floral design, stylised insofar as arranged in a circular or 'swirling' layout. Printed in black but with a light touch and glazed with a ivory tone glaze. Swirling designs especially those made in majolica otfen called art nouveau but clearly the genre predates the period. Marsden registered a similar design at the same time which was more popular but I prefer this. I think it's a great design, full but not overly so, lots of movement, some style.

It encorporates a rare patent process, only example that I can recall seeing the patent also issued in 1890 refers to a second print in the form of a mesh or 'lace' overlying the first floral print. A number of floral pattern were 'aestheticised' with new printing plates adding a lace effect and Marsden patented a method for so doing on existing designs. The overlay is quite subtle producing a pleasing effect rather than an overt grid or lace pattern as seen on the only other example of this process we have had and on the 'aestheticised' tiles by other companies.

Verso very clean, rails, printed design registration number.


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