Antique Victorian Minton Hollins English History Tile "The Armada" J Moyr Smith

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Seller: mcdionysos (2.484) 100%, Location: San Diego, California, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 264468992258 Preface: I am a self-confessed antique nut!!!! Welcome tile fans! Beginning to sell my mostly LIFE-LONG tile collection, bit by bit, stay tuned....many more to list! Most collected over MANY years---Don't miss your chance at a one of a kind opportunity. When they're gone, they're gone! Starting ALL with much lower than I paid!! (Please consider, most of my tiles were bought from UK, so I paid their "air fare". NOT factored into price, but consider your savings as a result!) 372347106878One in a Series of Ten in the "English History" SeriesJ Moyr Smith (signed)"The Armada in Sight 1588" Framed Tilec. 1885(6 inch square) Underglaze transfer print in brown on white/eggshell ground. Dust-pressed tile, nicely framed in mottled gold and mahogany color frame, ready for hanging. By the most prolific and talented Victorian illustrator, J. Moyr Smith. John Moyr Smith was one of the most productive illustrators of the Victorian Age: arguably a commensurate talent to Walter Crane, Greenaway and Caldecott. This tile amply illustrates his singular art Nouveau/Pre-Raphaelite style: with the graceful lines, exceptional composition, love of texture and decoration vs. flat color. A master! See how Smith creates the circle motif of the border, then "violates" it in one place for visual excitement! I am a retired graphic designer, and have to say this, as well as other JMS designs, are beyond compare. I frankly feel his talent in many ways was superior to Crane! Signed Moyr Smith, on semi-circle, bottom above "Armada". You may be aware that the Nineteenth century was a "Golden Age" for tile making in England, as they invented and perfected the assembly line-type process of dust-pressing clay dust and printing designs. Previously, tiles were laboriously hand-painted individually on blanks. Later, colors WERE added to these by hand after printing (So-called "print & tint"). Victorians loved the sanitary nature of tiles and the industry flourished, being produced in all manner of styles and designs. Hence, it is a fertile field for any new collector. HAVE FUN!! ANY QUESTIONS WELCOME! Please ask before bidding! Thanks for looking!!I strive for win/win. I want to give you a good experience and ask that you will reciprocate with five star rating. Ebay is person to person---best thing about Ebay! Please do not "ding" me on shipping--yes an added expense but I am not Amazon. I will refund any overage; if I am under, to your benefit! :-) I strive for 5 star ratings from you and win/win situations. If any problems upon receipt let me know. The best thing about Ebay is YOU, and me! Condition: MINT! Pic is slightly darker than actual. Actual background is less yellowish and more off-white/eggshell/ Brown, more of a chocolate brown. PLEASE CHECK OUT PHOTOS CAREFULLY as they are PART of the description., Country/Region of Origin: Stoke on Trent, England, Primary Material: Dust-pressed Clay, Age: c. 1885, Style: Victorian, Pattern: Pictorial, Original/Reproduction: Original, Maker: Minton Hollins, Color: Brown on eggshell

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