Four earthenware sandwich tiles, plastic clay body, red between buff, with inlaid decoration in red and blue: a four-tile motif of a pierced quatrefoil enclosing four trefoils. Maker's mark on reverse.
- Factory in: Stoke-on-Trent
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Staffordshire,Stoke-on-Trent)
- Length: 15 centimetres
- Width: 15 centimetres
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentMINTON & CO / PATENT / STOKE UPON TRENT
Inscription CommentAustwick 90; impressed with regular grid of holes.
This design appears as no. 51 in Minton's First Encaustic Pattern Book. Examples of this design in a different colourway can be found at the Church of Our Lady and Adolphus, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire. This church was designed by A. W. N. Pugin; but there is no evidence that these tiles were also designed by him, see Atterbury and Wainwright 1994, p. 147, pl. 268. Examples of this tile are also found in St. Anne's Chapel of Ease, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, see John Leroux, 'Minton tiles in Canada--St. Anne's Chapel of Ease, Fredericton, New Brunswick', Glazed Expressions (Autumn 2001), pp. 2-3.
14 April 1994
Mortar on back and sides of tile, surface dirt.
Surface deposit removed mechanically using a pneumatic power pen. Steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper. All registration numbers transfered to sides of tiles. Back and sides of tiles sealed with 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a paint brush. Milliput (epoxy putty) pellets pressed to back of uneven tiles to create an even top surface before sticking the tiles to the metal backing plate. 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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Object reference number: MCT5790
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