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Old English Tile Designs: For Artists and Craftspeople (Dover Pictorial Archive) (Dover Pictorial Archives) Paperback – 1 Aug 1985


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (1 Aug 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486247775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486247779
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over 150 engravings of original ceramic paving tiles from medieval cathedrals and monasteries - geometrics, mosaics, Gothic and Romanesque themes, rich medieval imagery. The book contains designs suitable for a number of applications including; ceramics, photo-silkscreen and batik, leather tooling, wood burning, enamelling, marquetry, etc. There are some 161 black-and-white illustrations.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Chadwick on 24 Oct 2010
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This book is a practical and cheap source of inspiration for anyone wishing to create their own floor and/or wall tiles with a decidedly medieval flavour.

The publisher and/or author assert that the 161 black and white images contained in it are "copyright free" and they have reproduced various motifs appearing in many ceramic tiles that originally adorned the paved floors and walls of numerous medieval cathedrals and monasteries.

This 126 page booklet contains no text (apart from a short Publisher's Note) and only black and white images- generally about 4" x 4" each at 2 to the page. It is bound in light cardboard/paper.

The images themselves reproduce geometric, latice work, mosaic, Gothic and Romanesque designs incorporating traditional medieval motifs such as lions, dogs, stags, doves, hares, fleurs de lis, dragons, oak leaves, a knight and a few other human images.

Apart from an obvious application in floor and wall tile production, the tile patterns illustrated in the book could also be used as patterns for fabrics, carpets, wallpaper, marketry, leather tooling and other craft work.

Not a bad source of inspiration for craft people or those wishing to create a project with a medieval flavour. Useful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tiler on 16 Jan 2008
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this book is just what i was looking for, full of simple black and white images of medieval tiles.
No text or Information, Just page after page of tile images which look alittle like lino prints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandalou on 12 Feb 2013
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Wonderful source book, plenty of lovely designs for your money. Great value. I will use this a lot I think.
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I agree with the very helpful review above by T.Chadwick, and would add that the images have been sourced from a 1937 publication 'Medieval English Paving Tiles' by Loyd Haberly. This was a specially printed book, leather bound, in an edition of about 450 copies, which now sells on the second-hand market for several hundred pounds. The illustrations of the tiles were printed in scarlet from woodblocks cut by the author. He was based in Oxford and all the designs are from churches etc. within a fifteen mile radius of Oxford. It is possible to browse online the Tile-web database at the Ashmolean museum which has images of thousands of tiles recorded as watercolour drawings during the Victorian era and later (The Parker-Hore collection). By browsing for the Oxford area it is possible to identify where some of these tiles were found. Easier, of course, if you happen to have an original copy of Mr. Haberly's book! The Database is also a wonderful source of inspiration.
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Nice design illustrations 20 Dec 1999
By Jody Palm - Published on Amazon.com
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There are 150 floor tile designs from medieval cathedrals and monasteries rendered in black&white. Lots of animals, dragons, griffins, and fleur-de-lis. There are also face images of kings, jesters, etc.
All designs are shown in decent (maybe actual?) tile size (around 4-5 inches square), as well as in groups of four (or more if required), to show how repeats would work. All designs are very bold and simple, but amazing when placed in repeat.
Nice designs for beginning tile makers to use, since the designs can be easily worked in clay. Well worth the cost of the book.
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Old English Tile Designs 9 Sep 2005
By William McPherson - Published on Amazon.com
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As the Master of the Saint Caitlin's Guild of Hairy Potters, I have been teaching classes in the crafts of the Middle Ages, including the making of the tiles in the retro Quire at Winchester. This handy little volume allows the copying of designs for everyone in the class, with a range of easy to difficult, and scaled to produce four inch tiles allowing for clay shrinkage.

All my work is done for me. All I have to do now . . .is teach.
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GREAT reference book for tile or ornamental design--a MUST have for your library. 21 April 2008
By Tori Frost - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an informative book loaded with many, many nice, easy designs to replicate or gain ideas from. Some of the illustrations seem rudimentary and uneven, not professionally finished, but if you can overlook that fact and "crisp up" or perfect the drawings yourself it would be a great asset to your collection.
Otherwise, I like this book and will refer to it many times in the future.
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