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Superb Gothic Glazed Encaustic Tile

Condition: Very fine
Price: £95 (approx $100)
Stock number: 03836

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Very tiny chip bottom edge, surface near perfect. Quote fabulous condition for a tile of this technique they being almost always used for fireplaces on the ground floor and so showing signs of use.


• Style/technique: Gothic glazed encaustic
• Made by:
Probably Malkin
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date:
circa 1870
• Colours: 5 clays



A gothic design on a rare type of tile, glazed encaustic, the most durable tiles and an expensive manufacturing process. All the colours are in the clay as with encaustic tiles used for floors but this is glazed to provide an easy clean surface, such tiles were the best for fireplace hearths as this was used. Whilst higher firing temperatures for clays rather than glazes or stains restricted the colour palette this has five colours, a good number but the design has been seen with seven.

It is quite rare to find glazed encaustic tiles they were best suited and almost exclusively used for hearths which are relatively small areas. Encaustic so all the qualities of floor tiles inckuding frostproof, glazed for ease of cleaning. Glazed surfaces of course being unsuited for flooring as very slippery when wet, glazed encaustics being rather expensive for wall tiles and not as colourful as other techniques. Also probably being of a quite early date due to the similar effect obtained with much lower cost underglaze block printing. It is hearth thickness at half an inch and dense heavily grogged clay so a substantial tile.

Verso very clean, unmarked generic ring pattern, very probably Malkin or Boote, pattern number incised.


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The image is a little oversize rather than cropped close to the edges so that the edges can easily be seen and any chips etc can be quickly spotted. Other marks described are usually not visible at all when the tile is viewed straight as one normally sees it and can only be seen with a critical eye when the tile is tilted to catch imperfections in reflected light. For more details of how we describe marks see Condition.


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