Moravian Art Pottery Tile SANTA MARIA SAILING SHIP
Up for bid is a red terra cotta tile made by the Moravian Tile Works in Bucks County Pennsylvania. It features the image of the famous sailing vessel the Santa Maria (the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492). The back has an impressed stamp that reads MR 1982. I think this tile was one of a number of sailing ship tile issued in that year. The MR identifies the tile works descended from the original Moravian Pottery in Doylestown Pennsylvania. While the original Moravian Tile Works ceased operation in 1967, the factory continues to operate under the direction of Bucks County and is considered a National Historic Landmark. Tiles continue to be made in the tradition of early tile works founded by Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). This tile measures 4" square; it is approx 5/8" thick. Condition: It is without chips or cracks but t is surface wear or rubs on the high spots of the decoration. You will notice these areas as the red clay is lighter than the rest. Only one of the spots has a tiny fingernail size groove...the rest are al smooth runs. I do not notice any crazing in glossy glaze. T are no nicks or dings on corners or sides.
The piece is well made in an old tradition and might be a nice addition for collectors of art tiles. Perhaps also of interest for its nautical theme.
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