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Earthenware tile, dust-pressed red body, with a design of two birds fighting hand-painted under glaze using 'barbotine' technique in shades of brown, white, black, green and red. Signed by the artist. Maker's mark on reverse.
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Length: 20.50 centimetres
Width: 20.50 centimetres
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- The Austrian artist William Mussill (d. 1906) studied in Paris and worked at Sevres. He was introduced to Mintons by Christian Henk and consequently worked there between 1870-90/1900. Almost all of his pieces, which include vases and platters, are hand-painted under glaze in bold impasto or barbotine technique, frequently on a red body. The barbotine technique involves painting the design onto a tile using coloured slips, see Austwick 1980, p. 156. His tiles, painted with subjects taken from nature such as birds and butterflies, are comparatively rare.
Minton wares decorated by Mussill attracted favourable attention in reviews of the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1878 and, together with Solon, he was frequently singled out as 'one of the strong points of Messrs. Minton'. See 'The Society of Arts Artisan Report of the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1878'. He also executed a number of Royal commissions.
For a Mussill tile depicting a lobster, see Stoke 1984, no. 284. See Atterbury and Batkin 1990, pp. 231 and 296 for other wares decorated by Mussill. See also Jones 1993.
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