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 Minton 8x8 Painted Bird Studio Tile


Style: Classical literature study
• Technique: Printed
• Maker: Mintons
Dimensions: 8" x 8"
Date: 1880 (circa)

• Condition: Excellent
• Price: £110 (approx. $156)
• Ref: 07220


'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.


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