Victorian tiles – part of a job lot of more than 30 sold at Mander for £2900.

Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

A job lot of more than 30 titles included 12 transfer printed and painted tiles c.1875 depicting various Aesop’s Fables. The designs (a series of 16) are traditionally attributed to Clement Heaton (1861-1940), the talented stained glass maker and architectural decorator whose career spanned decades in England, Switzerland and latterly the US.

Extra titles in the lot included a Minton fish tile from the 1930s, a William de Morgan pink Daisy pattern tile and a series of black and white transfer printed designs in the manner of Christopher Dresser depicting traditional Aesthetic movement motifs of dragonflies, water birds, fish and bulrushes. Estimated at £50-70, they sold at £2900.

Another regular freelance contributor to Minton Hollins & Co was John Moyr Smith (1839-1912). A later lot in the sale including 10 tiles from the well-known set of 12 designed with subjects from Tennyson’s Idylls of the King sold to a bidder on for £1500 (estimate £50-70).