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Rare George Grundy Photographic Tile of a Terrier


• Condition: Near perfect
• Price: £125 (approx. $159)
• Stock number: 06242B

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Very minor surface marks.


Style: Animal study
• Technique: Photographic
Maker: The Phtoto Decorated Tile Co.
Dimensions: 6" x 6"
Date: 1900 (circa)


A quite rarely found tile of a small terrier in a pot having caught a rat, the design entitled Pot Luck with number 71 being the 71st tile from the company. Probably a Yorkshire Terrier for the breed was noted for its ability to catch rats in the fabric mills of 19th century Yorkshire. See the Derby Telegraph for more information.

There were many attempts to convert photographs to ceramic decorations in the late 19th century, many patents testify to the endeavours, but it was only in the last couple of years of the century that George Grundy invented a process that was successful i.e. commercially viable. In 1900 Grundy sold the rights to the Royal Castle Flint Glassworks of Hatton near Derby.

From the Pottery Gazette of October 1896, "Mr G H Grundy, Duffield Road, Derby has a decided novelty (which he is now producing under provisional protection) in the shape of Photo-decorated Tiles, Mr Grundy informs us that the result he has arrived at in this new departure in tile decoration, was only attained after many months of experiment and a large expenditure of money. Instead of the usual ideal landscape, and copperplate prints of geometric designs, the decoration of these tiles consists of actual photographs of well known views, places of resort, portraits of celebrities or, in fact, of anything else that can be photographed.

It is thus apparent that there cannot be any limit to the subjects of decoration. The pictures are printed on the tiles in ceramic colours and being fired under the glaze they make the most imperishable photographic records known."

Verso clean but stained, typical c.1900 Maw & Co. blank.


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