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Sherwin & Cotton Arts & Crafts Impasto Tile

Condition: Near perfect
Price: £180 (approx $224)
Ref: 06373

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Bottom right corner is a bump on the clay when still wet and glazed over, a light scratch nearby otherwise very near perfect.


Style: Arts & crafts nature study
• Technique: Impasto
• Maker: Sherwin & Cotton
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: 1886 (circa)



A superb arts & crafts tile from the greatest art tile specialists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Entirely hand-made with plastic clay body and impasto barbotine decoration, featuring a nature study design of flowers and foliage. Decorated with warm earth tone colours and finished with a most brilliant glaze.

More arts & crafts than tiles by the arts & crafts mass producers William de Morgan & Co. and Morris & Co, closer to wares by potters Martin Bros. and Burmantofts. Most of William de Morgan's tiles were painted to traced outlines (painting by numbers), this was copied from the pattern book by hand.

It should be noted that there are three types of barbotine decorated tiles by Sherwin & Cotton with mostly similar nature study floral designs. Whilst not being mentioned in the literature or indeed by anyone I have been in contact with indeed no expert appears to have even noted the difference despite the pattern numbers giving a very strong clue by having different prefixes. Later types of barbotine tile were decorated in slips but upon embossed clay the pattern and relief already determined by the mould. There are apparently few which are impasto - freehand decorated on a flat surface the relief built upon in slip the process requiring great skill to produce the best effect.

Verso clean, some smoke stain, Sherwin's trade mark embossed, incised pattern number.

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