Stemming from the Greek word "encaustic" meaning to heat or burn in, tiles
have been created utilizing this process of affixing pigmented paints and
melted beeswax with heat since the first century. All be it a difficult
process, paint could be built up creating a relief while the wax provided a
rich, deep finished appeal. George and Arthur Maw started their English company
in 1850 creating earthenware tiles incorporating this method to manufacture
tiles for walls and floors. These wonderful panel tiles are examples of Maw and
Company's early 1900's artisanship and might have been used on a fireplace
surround. These high gloss representations display a rather ornate English urn
from which emanates a single vertical stem adorned with stylized leaves, floral
buds and open blooms. Fired in a light brown glaze, shading and a raised relief
contribute to the visual depth and lifelike appeal. Each tile is 5 7/8" square
by 1/2" thick while all together reach a length (or height) of 17 5/8". There
is some crackling evident, minor flea bites and some mortar residue all of
which might be expected commensurate with age. These issues noted do not
overtly take away from its classic and desirable display. Marked on the back of
each in a circular icon are the words "Floreat Salopia" which loosely
translated means "flourish Salopia" with Salopia being an historical region in
western England. This panel is in good condition and would make a wonderful
framed group or as a cherished addition to your encaustic tile collection.
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