Five Delft tiles
Lot 490
Five Liverpool delftware printed tiles circa 1765-75
Sold for £840 (US$ 1,411) inc. premium
Lot Details
Five Liverpool delftware printed tiles
circa 1765-75
Comprising: a tile printed in sepia with 'Mercury Instructing Cupid before Venus', within an '88' scroll border, another printed in black with 'Abraham and Isaac', within an '88' scroll border (fine crack and crazing), and three others printed in black with rococo scroll borders, 'Ruins with Man Seated Holding a Stick', showing a three-storied ruin with an artist seated in the foreground, 'Ruined Temple and Bridge' depicting a ruined portico, bridge and tower by a river, signed J Sadler Liverpool, and the last with a view of Trajan's Column and the Temple of Castor, signed J Sadler Liverpool 12.7cm-12.9cm (some minor chips) (5)


  • For the subjects see Anthony Ray, English Delftware Tiles (1973), figs. 741, 737, 689, 662 and 660, and Liverpool Printed Tiles (1994), figs D2-1, D1-1, B8-7 and B8-1. Ray suggests Correggio's School of Love as the inspiration for the scene of 'Mercury Instructing Cupid before Venus'. For similar tiles of 'Abraham and Isaac' and 'Ruined Temple and Bridge' see Jonathan Horne, English Tin-Glazed Tiles (1989), figs. 716 and 708.
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