Aesthetic Movement Four Elements Maw & Co. Owen Gibbons polychrome tile c1882


A splendid Aesthetic Movement tile by the Maw & Co. company, marked Broseley, Maw & Co. and Floreat Salopia.

It is a spectacular aesthetic movement design of the four elements, earth, air, fire and water, designed by Owen Gibbons in his distinctive style.

Owen Gibbons trained at the South Kensington School of Art and was for a time, curator of the Royal Architectural Museum, Westminter, London before becoming head of the Coalbrookdale School of Art in Shropshire. Whilst there he designed a number of tiles for Maw & Co. He was also a principle in the company of Gibbons Hinton & Co established by his brother Francis Gibbons in the mid-1880s.

The tile is in blue, white and greens but also has some gilded areas which I have never seen before. Condition is excellent, no loss of gilding and the tile has no chips or cracks.

The tile is 6 by 6 inches (15,25 x 15,25cm).