The history of British tiles reflects both the fashions of
interior and exterior decoration, as well as the development of
British ceramics manufacture.
From the encaustic tiles made during the first flowering of
medieval tile production in the 13th century, to the tin-glazed
earthenware or delftware tiles popular in the Stuart and the
Georgian periods, the British tiles industry was already centuries
old when mechanisation in the 19th century saw tiles produced in
greater numbers and greater variety than ever before.
Once the preserve of architectural historians keen to salvage
fragments of architectural heritage, antique tiles have been
rediscovered by collectors for their ease of display, decorative
appeal and affordability.
From the ATG Archive
11 April 2009
Dr William Lindsay Gordon, a Birmingham GP who died last year, had a fascination for English history especially the Stuart era.
02 February 2008
Born and bred in the environs of Birmingham, Sheila Hughes (1937-2006) first began collecting tiles in the early 1970s.
26 January 2008
Offered in one catalogue, British Art pottery was the main thrust of two sales held by Woolley & Wallis staged at the end of last year.
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18 April 2013
Collectables specialist Fred Wyrley-Birch at Anderson & Garland was seriously impressed by this micromosaic plaque, offered for sale at Westerhope, near Newcastle in their latest fine art sale. And so were buyers.
13 December 2012
The 20th/21st Century Design sale at Rago Arts of Lambertville, New Jersey on October 26-28 included this exceptional enamel by Alexander Fisher (1864-1936).
17 December 2012
More West End art dealers will have to move premises as the trend for galleries finding their leases not being renewed continues.
05 October 2012
Recently rescued from Kent & Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, a selection of 13 Carter tiles attributed to Phyllis Butler are to be offered at Bonhams Knightsbridge on October 16.
13 December 2012
This stoneware model of a rhino led the latest sale at Cottees which proved to be one of the most successful the Poole auctioneers have held in recent years.
13 August 2012
Many objects can go on show for the first time now that the William Morris Gallery has reopened after a £5m revamp.