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Lot 54: ATTRIBUTED TO E.W. GODWIN FOR MINTON, HOLLINS & CO. GROUP OF THREE TWO-TILE FRAMED PANELS, CIRCA 1880 each tile approx 15cm square
26 October 2016
Edinburgh, United KingdomLive Auction
ATTRIBUTED TO E.W. GODWIN FOR MINTON, HOLLINS & CO.
GROUP OF THREE TWO-TILE FRAMED PANELS, CIRCA 1880
painted as a Classical maiden and allegorical of Summer, Winter and Spring, framed (3)
each tile approx 15cm square
Winter: Generally good condition
Some surface scratches here and there to the enamel
Four minor shallow chips where the two tiles meet
Small impact crack to lower edge of top tile
Spring: Small chip to top edge of lower tile
A few minor surface scratches otherwise good
Summer: Minor nibbles along the RH edge of the LH tile
Very fine hairline across RH facing arm and tunic of figure
Two or three very minor surface scratches here and there
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Literature: Soros, Susan 'E. W. Godwin: Aesthetic Movement Architect and Designer', Yale University Press 1999, p.308, fig. 11-18 where two out of the three panels are illustrated and attributed to Godwin.
Note: Articles in the architectural press and his ledger book indicate that Godwin produced several designs for Minton Hollins & Co. On March 10th 1881 his diary entry states "With Minton Hollins & Co. re tile designs. Offering 24 for the same price Edis pd for his birds." The group included four "Seasons" tiles. The designs don't survive but the figures in the tiles of the current lot are identical to those in stained glass panels by the maker G.E. Cooke, a contact of Godwin's, and they also have stylistic similarities to Godwin's 'Kalandar' drawings for the 'British Architect'.