This is a beautiful hand painted tile done by a very talented artist. She depicts a beautiful blond haired woman dressed in an ivory laced dress and wide brimmed hat. She has added soft pink roses with greenery around the hats rim, in the woman’s hair and a large long stem rose accenting the portrait on one side. The artist has painted a beautiful strand of pearls ending the strand with a cross. The facial features are very will done with great detail, please enlarge the pictures to see the true beauty in this piece. There are no chips, hairlines or cracks; manufacturing anomalies do exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc. In 1886-1985 J.J.Busse, and his sons, John, Herman, Louis, and J. Henry, and another man named Herman Binz began making tiles in J.J. Busse’s Brickyard in Kentucky. This was named the Mount Casino Art Tile and Enameled Brick Company. They established a second company, Cambridge Art Tile Works in 1887. Two years later, these two companies combined to create Cambridge Tile Manufacturing Company. Two men named Ferdinand Mersman and Clement J. Barnhorn joined Cambridge. Cambridge Tile took over the Wheatley Pottery in 1927, and they renamed it the Wheatley Tile and Pottery Company. Still in 1927, a company called Cambridge Wheatley Company was created, which sold both types of tile. Cambridge Wheatley stopped production in 1936, and Cambridge Tile Manufacturing Company kept its name. Cambridge continued to make tiles until 1985, when they closed.
Measures: 6” x 6”
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