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Rare Arts & Crafts Ruby and Platinum Lustre Tile


Style/technique: Art nouveau arts & crafts
Manufacturer: Craven Dunnill
Dimensions: 2" x 6"
Date: circa 1900

A rare and fascinating tile, a dramatic design handpainted with flair and movement, the lines of the stems foretelling art nouveau. The line painting is in ruby (copper) lustre and the leaves a most rare platinum set on a mushroom coloured background. Excellent skill of the artist and feel of the subject for the lines have perfect flow despite the complexity of the curves.

The nature of the process being unpredictable the results were uncertain, the platinum appears slightly worn in the image this may be the artist's intent but with such rare arts & crafts tiles it can be difficult to determine what the artist intended and whether the effect seen is what the artist intended.. As there is no surface wear and the red lustre which is usually vulnerable to scratches and wear is perfect as is the glaze surface it seems inconceivable that solely the platinum would have worn and so must be intended or at least an acceptable result of the technique.

Darker marks towards the right are in manufacture, the glaze is most unusual, difficult to describe. Such mushroomy colours were technically difficult to achieve and the smudges appear to be concentrated stain for the glaze almost as if the artist was mixing the glaze as they painted. There is some colour variation, intended, in the glaze and so one would expect the cause being pooling but it is prefectly level.

A superb, interesting near unique tile, much more appealling in the hand than in the image natural light bringing out the colour and reflection of the lustres. I must do better pictures!


Condition: Near perfect
Price: £125 (approx $202)
Stock number: 03147B

A few minute glaze flakes right edge, the smudge lower right looks like the artist spilt a drop of stain and wiped it off, the darker mark upper right corner looks like that was how the glaze was mixed, a variability that expresed itself as seen.


UK Special Delivery £131

EU Priority £134

US and World Priority £137

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The image is a little oversize rather than cropped close to the edges so that the edges can easily be seen and any chips etc can be quickly spotted. Other marks described are usually not visible at all when the tile is viewed straight as one normally sees it and can only be seen with a critical eye when the tile is tilted to catch imperfections in reflected light. For more details of how we describe marks see Condition.

The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 150 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format. Customers may request a larger 120 dpi image also in maximum quality JPEG format for closer inspection which will be sent by email.


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