$135.00 each. Discount for five tiles
FIVE CLASSICAL MUSICIANS TILES BY WEDGWOOD
FIVE WEDGWOOD TILES, c. 1880s, RARE CLASSICAL MUSICIANS SERIES. Backs say Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Etruria. 6" x 6".
Great condition for their age with slight signs of use/wear. Fronts are beautiful and very presentable, backs have some wear.
There is some debate as to who designed the series, “Classical Musicians in the Orange Grove”. Some think that Thomas Allen, who might have copied Walter Crane designs, or might have copied some of Albert Moore’s figures in Moore’s paintings, or Walter Crane designed them, or Walter Crane only designed for Maw (as stated in an interview for the 1898 Art Journal. Thomas Allen was the Design Director at Wedgwood at the time these tiles were made. The designs were originally made for polychrome plates, which are harder to find than the tiles.
(A) Woman standing in the grove and listening to a young man playing a violin (not a Classical period instrument!). Some crazing. No chips visible on the front but one backside edge has shallow gouges, where someone removed the tile from a wall.
(B) A young man sits on a stool, playing a small harp while a woman listens and looks intently. Very good condition. No crazing and just the tiniest corner nick. The back is in good condition, with some age staining.
(C) Woman dances as young boy sits at the base of a tree and plays the pan pipes. Very clean tile. One tiny nick (with underside chip) on the upper right hand corner, as well chips on one of the vertical sides, probably due to gouging the tile from the wall. From the front, only the corner nick can be seen. No crazing.
(D) Woman stands playing a zither or vertical xylophone. Very clean tile. Minimal crazing. On the underside edge is a narrow ½” chip, not visible from the front.
(E) Woman stands play a flute whil a seated man listens intently. The tile is in very good condition, but fine crazing is noted. There are no chips on front or back, but a few of the tiniest nicks.
(F) Woman dancing and playing a tambourine is the other known image for this series, but does not appear in this collection of five Classical Musician tiles.
Very Good condition. 70351 ypa $135 EA, Discount for Set of Five.
I also have a collection of five Hand Painted Plates featuring some of the Classical Musicians, featured in my website, www.Trocadero.com/Eudora.