Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Chinese, Asian and Other Exotic Themes

Date: 1881


  • Length: 5.98 in (15.20 cm)
  • Width: 5.98 in (15.20 cm)

Maker: Maw & Co.


Earthenware tile with a deep blue printed decoration, showing a Japanese lady with two children playing the game of Go. Probably designed by Owen Gibbons.Gibbons trained at the South Kensington Schools of Art, London, and was involved with the decoration of the South Kensington Museum (V&A) buildings in the late 1860s. He was then curator of the Royal Architectural Museum, Westminster, London before becoming head of the Coalbrookdale School of Art in Shropshire. He designed a number of tiles for Maw & Co. and was involved with the company of Gibbons Hinton & Co. established by his brother Francis Gibbons and his brother-in-law W.J.Hinton in 1885. 

Ref - Kathryn Huggins, 'Owen Gibbons - London to Ironbridge', Glazed Expressions, (1985) 9, pp1-2.