THOMAS BARTON

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Thomas Barton is now considered to be perhaps the finest makers of Tunbridge ware in the 19th century. Originally apprenticed to the Wise family manufactory of Tunbridge ware, Barton began working for the well-respected partnership of James Nye and his son, Edmund, in 1836. Demonstrating his extraordinary design skills and tessellated mosaic work, he soon became the top designer with the Nyes and was thereafter made a partner in the business. It was Barton who was responsible for producing the fine pieces exhibited by Nye in the Great Exhibition of 1851. Shortly before Nye’s death in 1863, Barton took over the workshop purchasing everything from Nye for £400. His work is instantly recognisable from the woods that he favoured, such as coromandel and ebony as a background and with his use of oak stained green by the fungus Chlorosplenium aeruginascens. In 1864 Barton was awarded first prize in the First Class for skilled manufacture at the Tunbridge Wells Industrial Exhibition. He continued making beautiful pieces of Tunbridge ware until his death in 1903.

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THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Exhibition Quality Tunbridge Ware Tripod Table
The octagonal top with coromandel thumb moulded edge to a wide border of tessellated floral mosaic design around the four overlaid Van Dyke parquet...
£7,950
Baggott Church Street Ltd
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Bonnet Stands
A rare pair of Tunbridge Ware bonnet stands attributed to Thomas Barton.
£975
Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Boxed Ivory Backgammon & Draughts Pieces
Rosewood box with brass stop hinges and key. The top parquetry inlaid with various exotic woods in the perspective cube pattern frequently used by ...
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Baggott Church Street Ltd
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Cotton Reel Holder
An unusual cotton reel holder veneered in ash with a graduating scalloped edge. The frieze of the holder is inlaid with geometric mosaic. Attribute...
£595
Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Inkstand
A good quality inkstand veneered in coromandel with two lidded compartments and glass inkwells.
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Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Paperweight
A good quality paperweight with a floral mosaic. Attributed to Thomas Barton.
£475
Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Perfume Bottle Box
An unusual coromandel veneered box containing two glass perfume bottles. The domed lid is inlaid with perspective cubes and the drop front with aru...
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Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Playing Card Box
A playing card box for a single pack of cards with a butterfly mosaic to the lid. Labelled Thomas Barton.
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Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Post Box
A rosewood veneered post box with floral mosaic to the lid and an oak leaf and acorn border to the frieze. The interior of the box is partitioned a...
£895
Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Ruler
A 9 inch ruler inlaid with geometric mosaic. Attributed to Thomas Barton.
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Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Sealing Waxer
An ebony sealing waxer with panels of geometric mosaic. Attributed to Thomas Barton.
£625
Amherst Antiques
THOMAS BARTON (1819-1903)
Tunbridge Ware Yoyo
A rosewood yoyo with geometric mosaic to both sides. Attributed To Thomas Barton.
£450
Amherst Antiques