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Minton Japanesque Print Tile

Condition: Very good
Price: £80 (approx $101)
Stock number: 03746

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About half a dozen minute rim chips, some very light surface scratches only visible when caught in the light.


• Style: Japanesque
• Technique: Transfer print
• Manufacturer: Mintons
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: circa 1885 


One of an infrequently found pair of oriental scene tiles shown in the Mintons catalogue with pattern numbers 1911 and 1912 indicating an introduction date of 1883. Just a pair for a group of four is illustrated and Mintons used two number for pairs but one number for series with letter suffix. Quite a curious pair, a suggestion perhaps of the theme of the leisures of husband and wife or perhaps she is waving to him as he gets dragged away by the fish?

1911 is a fascinating view of a lady waving to ships sailing bye being set on a fan and surrounded by blossoming branches all in the japanese taste.

1912 has similar border but the scene this time of a fisherman, sporting scenes on 19thC tiles often have an element of humour and this is no exception. The fisherman had caught a rather large fish (carp?) which has dislodged him from his perch on something like a board which is now caught in a tree. His catch in a pail has overturned and a bird looks quizzically on. Quizzically indeed!

A little thicker than normal, not quite the half-an-inch thick 'hearth quality' biscuit but more than the standard 3/8 inch, buff clay is denser and more durable so substantial tiles and rather weighty.

Apparently used as a hearth tile showing some light scratches, minute surface chips and tiny chips to the rim nevertheless displays well and being a uncommon example of aesthetic/japanesque design.

Versos perfectly clean, no makers name but recognised grip pattern.



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