Small, 1m2 surface of German Villeroy and Boch ceramic tiles (CE236-2)
Reclaimed from a school renovation in the French cathedral city of Rheims, Champagne-Ardenne, a small number of antique ceramic tiles manufactured by Villeroy and Boch, Germany, a heritage company trading since 1748 producing fine ceramic tiles and faience and which is still trading globally now. The tiles, 13cm square and 10mm thick, were laid in a small area of the school, we think to consolidate a broken section of the main floor which was produced by Leon de Smet of Lille, France and which we have also recovered (details can be found by clicking here). The original Leon de Smet tile was no longer sourceable so a complimentary tile was taken and laid, in this instance a simple black tile and white tile.
The tiles have been cleaned of their old mortar and wax and the high resolution photographs below of a random selection reveal a pleasing patina. Arriving ready to relay they can be laid either on the floor or on walls, for example in a kitchen or bathroom as a splashback, behind an Aga cooker where they will not only be a feature but practical in cleaning and maintenance terms.
Owing to the small surface available and the cost of shipping it is likely only a UK or France delivery is viable unless part of a larger composite order.
32 white tiles are available and 29 black providing a surface area of 1m2 or 11 sq ft.