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Mintons Romantic Painted Tile Panel

Condition: Very good
Price: £500 (approx $643)
Ref: 06294


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Style: Romantic
• Technique: Painted
Maker: Mintons
Dimensions: 6" x 12"
Date: 1880 (circa)


A rare Mintons romantic tile panel hand painted in the manner of William Wise. Whilst most painted Mintons' tiles of the period were painted by amateurs*, some well done and others less so, I believe these were painted in Mintons' own studio for the quality and style of the painting is so similiar to other wares from the studio. Quite possibly painted by William Wise for only the most esteemed painters such as Antonin Boullemeir were permitted to sign their works and even then not always on the face.

Joan Jones (Mintons, The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production) states: William Wise was a talented figure painter and engraver. He was chosen to assist in the execution of the decorative panels for the Grill Room at The South Kensington Museum. His exquisite portraits representing 'Seasons' - one of which, depicting 'Autumn', is displayed in the Minton Museum - show his ability to produce timeless portraits of instant appeal and his mastery of a vibrant colour palette.

*Painting tiles was quite a fashionable pastime, kits were available from major retailers and by mail order, tiles once painted were returned for firing before final dispatch to the customer. The most popular subjects were copies of Walter Crane's book illustrations especially from The Baby's Opera, Walter Crane did not design any tiles for Mintons, he did for Maw and Pilkington. Originally from a fireplace but not suffered too much in the passing of time, best framed anyway and so the minor marks to the rim disappear.

Versos embossed Mintons etc, clean but some smoke stain.

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