Traditional Tole Painting
Traditional Tole Painting and a little of its history.
'What is Tole'? That's the first question most people ask - a short explanation. The word Tole comes from the French, meaning lacquered or enamelled metal-ware, often gilded. It also means a table or board.
From the Archival records and articles in the UK, it is known that the Schools of Art of the time (1700's) took apprentices and trained them, in either the 'one-stroke' style required for decorating furniture, or the 'one-stroke' style required for decorating pottery. (Those not able to afford the School of Art costs, spent years learning from the Master Painter within a firm).
Imported glossy black tin tea trays, referred to as 'Japanned Ware', had become popular in the UK. To counteract this import, areas around Sheffield, the Black Country and parts of Wales started producing all manner of black enamelled, metal goods, from tea pots to tea-caddy's to tea trays. (These images were given to me by Tony Lewery, for more of his Signwriting)
In Traditional Tole, Oil paint was, and still is, the medium used. Two or more colours are loaded into the brush to complete each element of the design, painted wet-on-wet with one stroke of the brush. Tole is often referred to as 'one stroke painting'.
Today, most of this type of skilled, historical, decoration, often comes under the general heading of Decorative Art.
The above information is from Archival records, articles and papers in the UK. Jacqui Blackman © 1991-4
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