10.25m2+ / 110 sq ft Antique Boch Freres ceramic encaustic floor in cool tones c.1900 (CE151)
SOLD SOLD SOLD For the purist this is an excellent ceramic encaustic tile; classical in its design these 17.5cm square Boch Freres tiles have a deep slip and are close to 2cm thick, weighing over 1 kilo each. The main field tile is in cool tones of light and mid grey on off-white, with subtle burgundy piping around the principal snowflake motif. The original same size biscuit and wheat coloured border comes in two forms; a plain shadowed helix and the same helix but anchored by a primrose blue motif. The helix lace is of stunning detail.
The floor did not travel far to its original home in Maubeuge, in the Nord department of France. Boch Freres had its factory there and at its peak at the beginning of the 20th century employed large numbers of the local population. Originally laid in the entrance hall of a town house with the borders running in parallels there are no corner pieces although should they be needed they can easily be mitre-cut to provide a seamless join.
The tiles arrive ready to relay as they have been slowly and carefully cleaned of old lime based mortar on their backs, the sides have had old joints cleaned off and the faces have had old wax and dirt removed to reveal an excellent quality ceramic. Being an antique floor of over 100 years old there are minor chips and occassional nibbles on some of the tiles, all groutable and all adding to the charm and patina of what is a beautiful classical antique floor.
Being ceramic encaustic and fired to a temperature in excess of 1,100F, the tiles are excellent conductors and retainers of heat and can be used with underfloor heating systems. The tiles do not require sealing once laid and rewaxing is only necessary by choice should you prefer the tiles to have a satin sheen. The only maintenance require to retain their beauty is a regular washing.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Main field tiles - 285
Plain Helix border tiles 30
Motif Helix border tiles 20
Plus c. 33 field tile and 11 border tile rejects supplied free for cutting and/or making border corner tiles.