We are offering a wonderful large oval ceramic tile that is decorated with a flower and fruit transfer design. The tile is mounted in an oval wooden Victorian decorated frame. The outside dimensions of the frame are 18 ½ inches by 14 ½ inches. The dimensions of the ceramic tile are 15 3/4 inches by 11 3/4 inches. Although the ceramic tile fits perfectly into the frame, we suspect that the two pieces did not originally start out together. The frame is solid wood. It has a sculpted ogee profile that is nicely grain painted to resemble mahogany or walnut. Around the inside and outside edge of the ogee, there is wood banding painted the color of ebony. It is a handsome frame and brings to mind frames that were used during Victorian times to hold family portraits. The decorated tile is will executed with a variety of fruit, some roses and daisies, along with several butterflies. The condition of the tile is good. There are some surface scratches that would be consistent with age along with minor crackling in the glaze. None of this has a negative impact on the quality of the image and it is exactly as one would hope for in an antique tile such as this. The frame is solid. There is some minor paint loss along the edges of the ebony painted banding along with some small scratches and chips within the grain painting. Overall, the tile and frame are in surprisingly good condition. In addition, there is an original label on the back of the frame. The label “Picture & Mirror Dept, The May Co., Third Floor”. The internet suggests that there were a number of different May Co. stores at one time throughout the U.S. We have no idea which one. A modern set of eyes and hanging wire are mounted on the back, so the piece is ready to put on your wall.
Sweetpea Cottage stands behind everything that we sell. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, then you can return it for any reason. We will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. We ask that you notify us via email within 3 days of receiving your purchase that you intend to return it. It should then be returned to us within 5 days. After we receive it in original condition, then we will issue your refund minus shipping. Because of the large size of the ceramic tile, the piece is quite heavy. Consequently, shipping is higher than one might expect. If shipping turns out to be less than you what you are charged, then we will definitely refund the over payment. Shop with confidence with us and you will never be disappointed.
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