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Lady Musicians Tile Group

Style: Aesthetic movement medieval musicians
• Technique: Transfer print
• Maker: Steele & Wood
Dimensions: 7 tiles at 6" x 6"
Date: 1880 (circa )

• Condition: Fine
• Price: £1450 (approx $2282)
• Ref: P0027


A very rare series entitled Lady Musicians, the full set of seven, designed and printed in the aesthetic movement taste. Interesting that the scipt is in French although France had little home tile industry at the time and english imports were widespread on the continent, Brown, Westhead-Moore are well known for their exports to France of both tiles and pottery. Super subject matter, music always popular and women are rarely associated with skilled activity in art, usually just lazing around looking beautiful! These would make a most wonderful gift for the lady musician with a taste for art and antiques. The non-playing lady is entitled La Belle aux Chevaux d'Oz which translate to The Beautiful Horses of Oz

Series of seven designs were not uncommon in the period, perhaps for days ot the week, or for fitting in to iron fireplaces with borders, three per side and one for the canopy. Steele & Wood were a major manufacturer of the times and produced many picture series, a testament to their quality is that their blanks are often found decorated with fine painted designs likely not just by the company itself but by independent decorating studios. Difficult to identify, few are named or have other clearly distinguishng marks verso it takes a keen eye to spot them. Many of the company's tiles are attributed to Mintons and Wedgwood by the less skilled dealers, the grip patterns being somewhat similar although clearly different when one has learned to recognise them.

In fine condition, dulcimer has a largish chip bottom edge otherwise a couple of very small and few very tiny rim chips, surfaces very near perfect, really great condition to find such a rare and evocative group of tiles.


UK Special Delivery £1480

EU Priority £1495

US and World Priority £1510

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