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George Grundy Photographic Tile of Haddon Hall

• Condition: Near perfect
• Price: £120 (approx $147)
• Stock number: 06849

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One tiny, one very tiny rim chips, other exceedingly minor marks


Style: Landscape
• Technique: Photographic
Maker: The Photo Decorated Tile Co.
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: 1896*


A rarely found tile of the gardens of one of England's famous stately homes, Haddon Hall, one of the 'most romantic' houses in England. The name is well known to collectors of Minton's china for the eponymous pattern designed by John Wadsworth,.

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 successfulthat is to say 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, Maw & Co. blank.

*A companion tile apparently from the same installtion bears the, stamped "Grundy, Derby. Pat. Applied For" indicating that it was made in 1896 before the patent was confirmed.


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