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Art Nouveau Majolica Tile

• Condition: Very fine
• Price: £45 (approx $56)
• Stock number: 07025

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Perfect rim, very minor surface marks


• Style; Flora arts & crafts
• Technique: Embossed majolica
• Maker: Mintons
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: 1895 (circa)


This one of the more often found of the embossed tiles from Mintons, the company produced relatively few embossed tiles before the arrival of Léon Solon in the mid 1890s. Well moulded and finished in a deep olive glaze, the colour given the darker shade of pine leaves appropriate. A rather substantial tile at near half an inch thick and quite heavy.

A repeating design featuring pinecones, an ancient fertility symbol, seen atop gateposts around 17th, 18th and 19th century England although Victorian sensibilities and the discovery and import of pineapples resulted in them being known as pineapples. Pomegranates another design favourite were also fertility symbols again due to the preponderance of seeds.

The design appears as pattern number E2423 on sheet 27 of the Mintons catalogue and originates from 1891. The sheet is included with the reprinted Mintons c.1885 (actually 1883) catalogue the printer of which was unaware of the true dates and the introduction therefore claims Mintons was a leader in embossed tiles whereas it was a laggard being several years behind the mass market and ten years behind the probable market leader Maw & Co..

Versos perfectly clean embossed Mintons etc.


• Condition: fine
• Price: £40 (approx $49)
• Stock number: 07025B

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One very tiny rim chip, minor surface marks.


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