Classical literature study
8" x 8"
Date: 1880 (circa)
Price: £110 (approx. $156)
'Amy Robsart & Leicester', a pictorial
representation of a scene from Kenilworth, a
novel from the 'Waverley' series by Sir Walter
Scott written in 1821. Perhaps the most popular
series of tiles in this size, and this colourway
was best suited to the fireplaces which
accomodated them, almost invariably cast iron
interiors and marble mantels.
The Waverley novels dealt with historical
adventure, the lives, loves wheelings and
dealings of events is British and mostly
Scottish history. The unique style caught the
public's imagination when they were published in
the early nineteenth century and were very
popular. The Waverley novels are credited with
establishing the form af a historical novel.
Moyr Smith produced a series of 12 tile
designs for Mintons China Works based on the
novels. The tiles were first made as 8" square
designs (pattern number 1607) in 1878 when they
were shown at the Paris Exhibition. Minton's
China Works were one of some 55,000 exhibitors
at the exhibition which had some 16,000,000
visitors. The 6" series is pattern number 1868
therefore probably introduced in 1882.
Verso perfectly clean, some very minor clay
loss, embossed Mintons etc.
Two very tiny rim chips, some
losses/roughness to the tip of the rim, fairly
typically it would appear with this colour going
right to the edge, near perfect surface.