100 years old 26.5m2 / 360 sq ft antique Octave Colozier ceramic floor (CE210)
SOLD SOLD SOLD A quality antique ceramic tile this handmade floor, totalling more than 26.5 m2 / 285 sq ft, comes with its original four full size and eight half size border tiles. Comprising of 14.2cm sq tiles, the floor has been reclaimed from the entrance hall and reception rooms of a town house in Villers-sur-Coudon in the Oise department of Picardy, northern France. A reverse inscription of the tiles 'O C' confirms they were manufactured by Carrelages Ceramiques Octave Colozier & Cie, St Just-des-Marais. The floor appeared in the Octave Colozier Catalogue of 1913 and a scan of the presentation page is included below along with some high resolution photographs of a cleaned section of the floor. We have also included a scan of the factory at St Just-des-Marais. Despite the slow and labour intensive production method, where tiles were made in twin moulds by employees, Octave Colozier & Cie were producing over 35 million tiles a year (700,000 m2 / 2.3 million ft sq) by 1912!
The floor is classical and geometrical in its design presenting a pretty floral themed motif in a spearmint green with a chocolate brown framing across its four tile tessellation. There is vieux rose, yellow and teal also in the palette and all on a white fond. Both borders take from the same palette with the main floral themed large border framed by two block lined half sized borders, laid in duplicate.
The floor is in good condition, some tiles display small chips and edge nibbles but the 15mm thick ceramic is very good quality and the slip colours are consistent, as a random section of the floor below shows. It has cleaned very well of its old lime based mortar and years of wax and arrives ready to relay requiring only a regular wash to maintain its beauty. The floor can be laid inside or outside of the home, where high summer and sub zero winter temperatures will not effect the tile and they can be used with underfloor heating systems.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Main field tiles - 1,050 - 21m2 / 226 sq ft.
Large border tiles 140 plus 4 corners - 2.88 m2 / 31 sq ft or 20.45 linear metres / 67 linear feet
Small border tiles 280 plus 8 corners - 2.8 m2 / 30 sq ft or 39.5 linear metres / 130 linear feet
Ratio of field tiles to border tiles is c. 80:20
NOTE:- Given the size of the floor there may be the possibility to sell a smaller section if the ratio of field tiles to border tiles required is maintained.
For example, if you were wanting tiles for an area of 10m2 then we could supply 8m2 of field tiles and a total of 2m2 of large and small borders.