Lot 23: WALTER CRANE (1845-1915) FOR PILKINGTON'S TILE AND POTTERY COMPANY GROUP OF FIVE 'FLORA'S TRAIN' RELIEF-PRESSED TILES, CIRCA 1900-1
October 26, 2016
Edinburgh, United KingdomLive Auction
WALTER CRANE (1845-1915) FOR PILKINGTON'S TILE AND POTTERY COMPANY
GROUP OF FIVE 'FLORA'S TRAIN' RELIEF-PRESSED TILES, CIRCA 1900-1901
comprising 'Poppy'; 'Columbine'; 'Daffodil'; 'Bluebell' and 'Anemone', moulded mark (5)
each 15cm square
All tiles have fine allover crazing to the glaze but look very fresh and are essentially in good condition apart from the following specific condition issues
Anemone: Two small grazes to the glaze on 2 stems to the right hand side, otherwise OK
Small chip to rear on an angle
Columbine: OK, some chips to rear edge along top and bottom
Daffodil: Chip to top RH corner with cracks emanating, minor chip to RH lower edge (very slightly affects glaze
Poppy: Minor glaze flaw to bottom edge, otherwise OK
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Literature: Cross, Anthony 'Pilkington's Royal Lancastrian pottery and tiles', 1980, p. 16, pl. XIII
Note: Renowned Victorian artist and illustrator Walter Crane (1845-1915) worked for several manufacturing firms, but most notably for Pilkington's Tile and Pottery Company. Crane began designing interior decoration, wallpapers, tiles and embroidery from the mid-1870s and in 1880 he was made Art Superintendent of London Decorating Company, which specialised in encaustic tiles. The design of these relief-pressed tiles for Pilkington's, which show all the influences of the Art Nouveau, are similar in style to Crane's imaginative book illustrations, on which he built his reputation.