Floor panel: sixty-four deep sandwich tiles, red earthenware between buff, inlaid with red, white, blue and brown. The design features a circle with a chainwork border enclosing anthemions and scrolls, with a stylized rose in the centre. Maker's mark on reverse of all sixty-four tiles and Minton date codes on nine tiles.
- Factory in: Stoke-on-Trent
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Staffordshire,Stoke-on-Trent)
- Width: 108 centimetres (Whole panel)
- Length: 108 centimetres
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentMinton & Co Patent Stoke Upon Trent
Inscription CommentMinton date code for April 1868 impressed on eight tiles and the code for October 1859 on one tile.
This classical-revival design is likely to have been used in a civic building or country house. Minton & Co. exhibited a section of floor with the same design in a different colourway at the Great Exhibition of 1851. See Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of 1851 and Jones 1993, p. 163. For an example in a different colourway see Fired Earth 1991, no. 212 (since destroyed).
29 June 1995
Clean, fill if necessary, paint, mount.
Mud and mortar on sides and backs of tiles. Missing areas. Surface dirt.
The tiles were placed in a bowl of water overnight to soften the mud and the mortar. The mortar was then removed manually using a hammer and chisel then a pneumatic pen. Mud was scraped of the tiles with a scalpel. The tiles were then steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper. Missing areas were reconstructed using FEW surface filler (polyester), cut back with a scalpel and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper. These areas were then painted with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic) diluted with water and applied with a sable brush. Back and sides of tiles sealed with 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a paint brush. Tiles adhered to the roughened surface of an aluminium backing plate with Araldite 2005 (epoxy) mixed with Cab-o-sil (fumed silica). Any excess around the edge of the tiles wiped off with tissue and acetone.
Prehistory and Europe
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