4 Tile Panel, Japan, Geometric Deco, Liberty Brand, 1920’s, 12x12, Japanese
Current price $249.99
Listing type Fixed Price Item
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico 871** US
Quantity sold 0
Quantity available 1
Seller mbeady (1397)
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Maker Liberty Brand, Japan
Original/Reproduction Antique Original
Type Art Tile
A great four tile panel of an Art Deco geometric design made by the Liberty Brand Tile Company in the 1920’s in Japan. Light pink ground with light blue, dark blue and yellow designs with herringbone edges.
Each tile is 6” x 6” x 3/8” (15 cm x 15 cm x 8 mm), the panel is 12” x 12”. One tile has a .75” x .75” chip on one corner. Some crackalure. Impressed on back “Trade Mark, Made in Japan, Liberty Brand, with the Statue of Liberty”
The English tile industry experienced a major slump after WW1 and many of the tile making machines, etc were sold to Japan.
In the 1920s, Japanese tile manufacturers began producing imitations of British Victorian designs. Since the Japanese themselves lived in wooden houses, they had very limited use for tiles. Japanese tiles were mainly produced for export. The main production centers were Nagoya in the main island and Saga, Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu.
The peak of the exports occurred between 1920 and 1925. Japan exported to India, China, and South-East Asia. The objective was to show Europe that Japanese artists had reached a high level of ceramics production with quality similar to European tiles. But after 1931 and the start of the Sino-Japanese war, Japan began to lack raw materials and in World War II the export network was discontinued and the Japanese factories closed. Of the 43 tile makers in Japan prior to World War II, only two or three have survived. The two largest manufacturers from those days, Danto Kaisha and Fujimiyaki Tile Works, are still in operation today.
Please examine the photos carefully. They show the tile in good detail. Any bright white spots are light reflections and not chips or damage.
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