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Blue and White Block Printed Anthemion Tile

• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £60 (approx $78)
• Stock number: 06116B

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Slight roughness to the rim in places, very minor surface marks, manufacturing imperfection mid left.


Style: Greek Anthemion
Technique: Block print
Maker: Edward Smith
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: 1880 (circa)


A bold design of a genre popular during the arts & crafts movement period block printed in a soft blue. Designs some so similar to be virtually indistinguishable were made by Mintons from the late 1860s through the 1880s and attributed to Christopher Dresser. They were made in moulded majolica and printed in a variety of colours, the form is of the anthemion palmette with a plain surround, an ancient greco-roman shell-like design consistent with the arts & crafts movement use of ancient design themes.

Anthemion is from the greek for flower and the form is variously attributed to palm, acanthus and honeysuckle as the original inspiration but this is so far back in the sands of ancient time (ancient Egypt!) that really most likely is that the variations were representative of different flora and coalesced into this standard form. Clam shells, nautilus shells and ammonites have also been popular design subjects from time immemorial.

Verso perfectly clean, embossed E. Smith & Co, Coalville.


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