In this piece, the artist has captured the image of the dog with a slightly left profile. The whiskers are easily seen, along with the prominent nose. The eyes are dark and set beneath a distinct brow line. The terrier has a wide neck with a brass and leather collar upon it.
The monochrome colors work exceptionally well for this type of piece. The dog comes off looking noble, but approachable. It dates from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries. On the back of the tile are a number of marks, including: “Sherwin’s Patent Lock Back,” “England,” and a rope knot within a double triangle.
The tile is set in its original, wide oak frame with a wide, wood slip that was over-painted in gold. This combination of dark oak and gold sets off the portrait of the dog very well. The oak has achieved a rich, dark-brown color and a soft, glowing patina. As it is the original frame, it adds its own value to this stunning piece of tile work.
The condition of the tile is very good. There is some amount of crazing as might be expected for a kiln-fired object of its age. There also is some light surface scratching. The frame is in excellent original condition. The slip has an original loss of a small sliver of wood.
It measures about 13-1/2 inches square, including the frame.