Earthenware, the design impressed and filled with coloured slips
Richard Dennis Collection
"Herbert Minton, the most progressive ceramic manufacturer of the early Victorian period (see Section II), was in possession of a patent for the manufacture of inlaid Roor tiles which, in effect, were much the same as the medieval floor tiles which paved many English cathedrals and churches, although technically they were superior and they were much more hard-wearing. Pugin and Minton knew one another well; Pugin designing for Minton from 1840, and also buying tiles from Minton for the churches he was building. Minton tiles were certainly a feature of Pugin's Medieval Court at the 1851 Exhibition. This bread plate was made by a similar technique to the tiles, and was probably also shown at the 1851 Exhibition" — Elzea, Pre-Raphaelite Era, pp. 18-19.
Elzea, Rowland and Betty. The Pre-Raphaelite Era, 1848-1914. Wilmington: Delaware Art Museum, 1976. No. 1-20.