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Very Rare Arts & Crafts Stoat Tile

• Condition: Fine
• Price: £220 (approx. $274)
• Stock number: 07017

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A little wear to his ear and a tiny chip on the stem where it crosses his body, a few minute marks to the rim otherwise marks are in manufacture.


Style: Arts & crafts
• Technique: Embossed majolica
Maker: Edward Smith
Dimensions: 4.25" x 4.25"
Date: 1885 (circa)


An astonishingly rare tile for a number of reasons primarily the subject matter of a stoat (I think it's a stoat rather than a ferret!). Modelled in the arts & crafts style the glaze is overfired to create the effect of speckling and burning near the rim. Furthermore it is an astonishingly rare size.

Four and a quarter inch tiles are primarily made for geometric patterns and the vast majority in floor tiles rather than wall tiles. Some plain glazed are found for walls etc and also the half size, 4 1/4 x 2 1/8. The reason for the apparently odd size is that the diagonal is six inches and is therefore an essential size for geometric flood designs.

Decorated glazed tiles in the size are virtually non-existant, I'm struggling to think of another I've seen, of course there are inlaid (encaustic) tiles for floors in the size. So an incredibly rare and quite charming tile, quite something for a specialist tile or arts & crafts collector, I doubt another will be along very soon.

Verso very clean, embossed Tamar, Coalville.


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