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Catalogue - tiles. Australian Tesselated Tile Co. - Designs for Encaustic and Geometrical Tile Pavements (cover title).

Mitcham (printed by Sands & McDougall, Melbourne) 1896. Folio (31x25cm) publisher's cloth backed printed wrappers (silverfished); [2]pp and 16 chromolithograph plates - 63 numbered pavement designs on 13 plates, 16 glazed hearths on two, and a number of finials and ridgings on the last plate. The silverfish have done little to the front wrapper but they have attacked the back, chomping into the last four plates, only of moment in the margins of the last plate and insignificant by the fourth last. Inserted is a handwritten price list, October 1900, for Silvanus Wilmot of Launceston - presumably the sculptor. ¶ Unrecorded anywhere I can think of to look. The only other catalogue from the company that I know of is one from about 1914 - now in the HHT library - which was made up from different sources. They also own a catalogue also about the same date from Cartlidge's The Australian Roman Mosaics Tile Works and that's about it for early Australian tile makers. Michael Lech, in an article on the Cartlidge catalogue (Australiana, May 2008), tells us that the City of Stonnington Archives has a photocopy of an 1880s catalogue from Henry Cawkwell's Australian Mosaic Tile Works - predecessor of both the Tesselated and the Roman Mosaic Tile companies - which suggests that an original might exist. Anyone know? As a piece of colonial colour printing it is as good as anything similar coming from England and Europe.
AUD 4000.00 [Appr.: EURO 2508 US$ 2795.92 | £UK 2086.75 | JP¥ 322131] Book number 10860

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