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American Encaustic

Pair of Fireplace Portrait Tiles by AETCO American Encaustic

$ 235.00
A pair of portrait tiles by the American Encaustic Tile Company, AETCO, of Zanesville Ohio depicting a man in profile. Covered in a mushroom brown majolica glaze they each measure 4 1/4" square and 1/2" thick. Fine condition with an unworn surface and a few tiny edge flecks. Marked "AETCO Limited" on the backs.

These are two of the best designed portrait tiles I have owned. Usually placed in the top corners of a fireplace surround the two tiles compliment each other in opposites, either man and woman, night and day, etc. These two appear to be the same man, one in a jester's hat. Is it good vs evil? Work and play? Night and day? Or maybe the 19th Century version of the mullet, business in front, party in the back? Regardless, the modelling is superb. Probably a Herman Mueller design.

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