FOUR ENGLISH DELFT MANGANESE PURPLE TILES, PROBABLY LIVERPOOL, 1725-50.Est. $500-$700
Sold: $840 ($700)
Three depicting figures in a landscape and one a rowboat before a building, each octagonal panel within four “dandelion” corners and all reserved on a powdered manganese purple ground; framed. Each tile 5 x 5 inches, sight; the frame 11 x 11 inches.
Provenance: Jonathan Horne, London, January 2003.
Literature: A tile with octagonal panel and unusual “dandelion” corners, similar to the one depicting three ships by an estuary in the offered lot, is discussed and illustrated in Anthony Ray, “English Delftware Tiles,” pp. 160-161, n. 241. The author notes that fragments with this uncommon corner have been excavated at Liverpool, and the design “appears to be characteristic of Liverpool.” Another tile attributed to Liverpool with scallop-edged panel but matching corners is on pp. 133-134, n. 118.