A 10m2 antique Belgium ceramic with twin borders.

Dating from the early twentieth century a reclaimed and now fully restored Belgian ceramic encaustic floor with its original full size and half size borders. 
Totalling 10m2/ 108 sq ft. the principal field tile was manufactured by Societe Ceramiques, Chimay, Belgique and both the large shell themed and half sized star themed borders by La Ceramique Nationale Welkenraedt, Belgique. We include in the photo gallery scans from their period catalogue showing the two borders.

The field tile and large borders are 14.5cm sq and the half size small borders, 14.5cm x 7.25cm.

The field tile design is pure and the palette of burgundy, mustard, blue and grey with charcoal piping reveals a quality slip that has taken a pleasing antique patina on what is a 15mm thick ceramic; there are some tiles with small chips and others with edge nibbles, all groutable. The borders, taking from the same palette, offer an attractive shell themed frame and a funkier star themed small border. We have reclaimed all four of the large border corners but only one of the small borders but the missing corners can easily be mitre cut by the tiler to create the necessary rendezvous. 

Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-

FIELD – 390 tiles – 8.2m2 / 88.2 sq ft.
LARGE BORDERS - 63 tiles plus 4 corners – 1.41m2 / 15.2 sq ft or 9.72 linear metres / 31.8 linear feet
SMALL BORDERS – 48 tiles plus 1 corner– 0.5 m2 / 5.4 sq ft or 7 linear metres / 23 linear feet

NOTE
Antique tiles were most commonly made in single or two tile moulds. Before current computer automation methods their moulds were made my hand and the colour slips mixed by eye. Kiln temperatures could also be variable, as could the firing time. The result is that often tiles display subtle size and thickness variations and there can be tonal variations in colours, owing to the slip mixing and/or firing time. All of this makes these handmade tiles unique and adds to their charm. Some floors display their subtle variations in size and tones, some not, but when photographing we always take a random section of the floor so that it is representative of the whole. A tiler should always dry lay a section of the tiles to familiarise himself with them before starting to fix lay. 

Ref Code: 
CL175