Here is a beautiful piece of fireplace art in burgundy, featuring an open rose, leaves and three buds in relief on a heavily glazed ceramic tile. Signed on back with A.E. (for American Encaustic) Tile Co. Limited; piece is 6” square and ½” thick.
"Shown in an A.E. catalog circa 1890, this rose-decorated 6” square tile is one of a set of 17 6” sq tiles. The catalog refers to the set as 'Embossed Art Tile Mantel Facing,' No. 1003F, with tile number 356B” (from American Art Pottery, Sigafoose p. 11). There were two versions listed in the catalog; the Sigafoose book photo shows a tan version; ours is burgundy.
There’s a small chip on the edge, right side about 1/4" long x 1/8" wide x 1/8" deep (shown) and a small shallow scraped place about 5/8" long x 1/4" wide, right above it that is hard to see (also shown); a number of superficial scratches. Some crazing. All of this is typical for a 124 year old tile. Weighs about 2 lbs. Deep rich color.
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