Antique handmade Perrusson floor - 7.5m2 - 1900. (CE240-1)
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We present a small but rare 7.5m2 / 81 sq ft handmade ceramic encaustic Perrusson floor manufactured in 1900 in Burgundy, France and consisting of a principal 17.3cm square field tile and same size border. The floor has been reclaimed from a house in renovation in the city of Louhans, close to Dijon. A second Perrusson floor has also be relcaimed from the same property, the link for which is below.
17mm thick and weighing 1.5 kgs each these are pedigree ceramics. The same size borders present a framed mythical beast with the head of a lion and winged torso but the lower body of a finned sea creature. The principal field tiles offers up a classical tessellation across four tiles, strongly navigational but also detailed and ornate. The floor has cleaned well revealing a rich antique patina; there are groutable edge nibbles and small chips on the tiles but no evidence of surface wear and colours remain crisp, vibrant and the floor displays all the charm and character associated with individually handmade tiles.
This is a unique floor which demands to be the hero in any room, whether it occupy the whole area or, as we visualise it, as a carpet style feature surrounded by a complimentary modern ceramic or antique parquet. Being highly fired it can be laid inside or outside of the home and will work efficiently with underfloor heating systems.
A couple of scans from the original Perrusson ceramiques catalogue of 1900 are included below.
Principal field tiles* - 200 - 6m2
Large borders* - 56 - 1.7m2 or 9.7 linear metres / 31.8 linear feet
* Plus c.1m2 of free field tile rejects and 14 border tile rejects that can be used for cuts or halves
To see the second Perrusson floor reclaimed from the same property click here