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.
by Roland Arkell
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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13 March 2015
“I was pleased to see resurgence in the Ruskin and Pilkington’s lustre market. Ruskin particularly was back to pre-2002 prices. Pilkington’s had also slowed but these prices show a real enthusiasm for good pieces again.”
04 February 2014
It was the most important consignment of work by the Rhead family to come onto the market in years. But would the respect in which the remarkable dynasty of potters are held translate into remarkable prices?
05 March 2015
Old Master paintings rarely take centre stage over Modern, Impressionist or Contemporary art these days. Yet this most traditional of collecting disciplines remains the soul of TEFAF Maastricht, the umbilical cord to its genesis as the Pictura fair.
29 January 2014
More than 80 lots of Danish rosewood furniture were withdrawn from Sworder’s January 28 sale of Decorative Art and Design after advice that their sale contravened the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna.
11 November 2014
A walnut secretaire cabinet by Peter Waals (1870-1937) has sold for £34,000 at Bearne Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter.
13 November 2013
A sale at Chippenham Auction Rooms had to be cancelled after thieves broke in overnight by removing tiles from the roof.