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Arts & Crafts Aesthetic Movement Painted Tile

• Condition: Fine
• Price: £180 (approx $254)
• Stock number: 07180

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Quite the best condition that I have seen for one of these tiles with only very minor marks.


• Style: Aesthetic movement
• Technique: Painted
• Maker: Shrigley & Hunt
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: 1880 (circa) 


A super tile from this noted Lancaster and London based bespoke tile decorators painted in three colours in a free aesthetic style. The patterns on the blue parts are incised, the paint was applied as a block colour, allowed to dry and the pattern scraped in a similar manner to sgraffito decoration. A chequer pattern albeit arranged so that a square is at the centre of a tile rather than the cross of the trellis, this confuses many even writers about tiles and arts & crafts however if seen as a panel on a wall rather than loose tiles I am sure it would be evident to all.

The design is familar, I have had a group before and also seen other examples on Minton, Hollins & Co. tiles with stencilled S&H, this is unusually if not rarely in my experience painted on a tile by Wm Godwin and without the S&H stencil but I have no doubt that it is S&H. Whilst Minton, Hollins & Co versos are most often seen Copeland and Mintons have also been seen decorated by S&H and the reason is quite clear to those who understand manufacturing and distribution.

S&H's orders would have been far too small for M,H to entertain, likely its minimum order was 100 square yars (3,600 tiles) or £100 (quite possibly much more), so S&H would have bought from a wholesaler. And it could be that on the day, or within the week, the wholesaler was unable to supply M,H tiles so S&H selected from that which was available.

Verso very clean, embossed Wm Godwin Lugwardine Hereford.


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