These three have a rich chocolate brown color and a wonderful shinny glaze. The have raised relief with butterflies and grasses that flow from one to another tile. They do not form a true panel picture but with a little mortar in between you would have to look closely to see that they aren’t an actual match. There are a few bumps and bruises on the edges so please see the pictures. In most cases chips to side and top edges will be hidden behind the fireplace frame. When fitted and viewed normally at 3 - 4 feet away, these will look great.
In February 1883 the International Tile Company was organized in New York State, and by late 1883 was producing English-type transfer tiles and molded relief and encaustic tiles at 92 Third Street, Brooklyn--near the Gowanus Canal, where raw materials could easily be off-loaded and tiles could be shipped. According to decorative arts historian Susan Padwee, “...the International Tile Company...was an anomaly. I.T.C. was the only company organised and financed in England." I.T.C. was organized by sons of the Irish and English nobility, and was the first U.S. company to produce English-style transfer tiles for U.S. consumption. "According to Fred H. Wilde, an English ceramist who worked for I.T.C. for about a year, ‘all presses, dies, and special machinery were brought from England. Many of the workers (all department heads) were brought over, including a printer and engraver’ [needed for transfer tile production]." (Susan Ingham Padwee, “The International Tile Company” in Glazed Expressions, No. 38, Spring 1999, p.
Measures: 6” square and 5/8” thick
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