Gibbons, Hinton & Co. C1890-green Pears & Pink Blossoms - Antique Majolica Tile
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Gibbons, Hinton & Co. C1890-green Pears & Pink Blossoms - Antique Majolica Tile :
Gibbons, Hinton & Co. - Circa 1890
"Green Pears & Pink Blossoms"
-- Victorian - Molded Majolica - Poly-Chrome --
The English firm, "Gibbons, Hinton &
Company," was established in 1885 by Francis Gibbons, his brother Owen
Gibbons, and brother-in-law, J. W. Hinton.
This company specialized in
flooring tiles, encaustic tiles, and terracotta moldings and friezes. By
circa 1890, the company produced relief-molded tiles, and patented,
"Chromo-Relievo" tiles, which were molded intaglio, and richly decorated
with a wide palette of proprietary colored glazes.
This magnificent antique tile, with its molded majolica design of green pears and pink pear blossoms on branch, seems to glow upon a rich, chocolate field, and is a stunning example of Victorian era tile craftsmanship.
Artfully glazed in several colors, including the a difficult blue, this tile can be nothing, but the product of a truly masterful tile craftsman, such as, Owen Gibbons, himself. Take note of the care taken to prevent the intermingling of the glazes, the careful painting, the realistic modeling, the detailed embossing, the naturalistic fruit, the layered colors of the flowers, and its multi hued leaves.
This tile is as good as majolica tiles ever achieved!
Condition: Very Good
This tile displays some edge nibbles of its brown field glaze, which are the result of contact with the cast iron tile frame of an English fireplace surround, and no flaws to its design. Naturally, such nibbles are hidden from view if the tile is framed. One may also tint the nibble areas brown to mask them, if the tile is installed.
Please examine the high-resolution scans to determine the exact state of this historical tile.
The verso displays traces of coal smoke across its bar grip pattern. A pattern number is embossed at its left middle edge, which is were Gibbon, Hinton liked to place them.
Tile Dimensions: H 6" x W 6" x D 3/8" * Weight: 16 oz. * Material: White Clay * Style: Aesthetic/Craftsman