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Aesthetic Movement Minton Tile Aesop Fable ~ Bear and the Two Travelers 1870Aesthetic Movement Minton Tile Aesop Fable ~ Bear and the Two Travelers 1870Aesthetic Movement Minton Tile Aesop Fable ~ Bear and the Two Travelers 1870Aesthetic Movement Minton Tile Aesop Fable ~ Bear and the Two Travelers 1870

Transfer Printed Aesthetic Movement Tile

Aesop Fable ~ Bear and the Two Travelers 1870

Minton Hollins Staffordshire England 1870

This spectacular Aesthetic movement Victorian transferware tile measures 6 inches square. Transfer printed in a brilliant navy blue. The tile is decorated with an Aesop Fable titled Bear and the Two Travelers and illustrates the bear and travelers in this amusing fable:

TWO MEN were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on
their path. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and
concealed himself in the branches. The other, seeing that he
must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the Bear came
up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held
his breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he
could. The Bear soon left him, for it is said he will not touch
a dead body. When he was quite gone, the other Traveler
descended from the tree, and jocularly inquired of his friend
what it was the Bear had whispered in his ear. "He gave me this
advice," his companion replied. "Never travel with a friend who
deserts you at the approach of danger."

Moral: Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.

The tile was part of a series, each with a fable from Aesop or Fontaine. The series contained more than 12 different illustrated tiles which would have been used to decorate a mantel or wall in baby’s nursery.

Made  by Minton & Hollins. In 1845, Herbert Minton took Michael Daintry Hollins into partnership, and the tile-making side of the business became known as Minton Hollins & Co. Minton was at the forefront of a huge industry supplying the tile needs of institutions and churches, using industrial techniques for producing transfer printed and painted tiles. The firm produced tiles through the 19th century in a vast array of styles, many of them designed by leading artists such as Christopher Dresser, Walter Crane, John Moyr Smith, and William Wise. Aesop Fables tiles were made in several different styles, this being the rarest and most sought after.

The tile it is in outstanding condition.

Item ID: AMT3018

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Aesthetic Movement Minton Tile Aesop Fable ~ Bear and the Two Travelers 1870

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