12.75m2+ / 137 sq ft Sunflowers themed antique ceramic floor made by Douzies Maubeuge
A floor requiring to be the hero in any room, this 13m2 antique ceramic floor with its original triple lay border tiles was manufactured by Douzies Maubeuge in the early part of the twentieth century. The 15cm square main field and border tiles and the half size borders, laid in duplicate, can be seen in the scanned pages below of the Douzies Maubeuge catalogue in our possession. The design is elegant and styalised, unquestionably indulgent and strongly vegetal in its theme; a bouquet of four flowers meeting head to head in one corner and an open single flower in the other. The fluid grey and green design linking both is stongly art nouveau in its execution.
An ornate border series frames the main field tiles and comprises of a same size floral themed border with a black domino band and a half size border tile which introduces mustard to the palette. The borders can be laid in triplicate, as shown in the photographs, with the half size borders top and bottom of the full size or as a double lay, using one of each. All the corner pieces for the borders are present and correct.
The floor has cleaned excellently revealing a good quality ceramic and slip and crisp and consistent colours. There is little evidence of any surface wear although, as expected of an antique tile, some display small chips and edge nibbles as can be seen in the photographs below. We do have the same photographs in 5m pixel resolution should you wish to see more detail. Reclaimed from the kitchen of a house close to the city of Valenciennes in Northern France it can be laid inside or outside of the home as high summer and sub zero winter temperatures will have no effect on the tiles. Although 15mm thick the tiles can of course be laid with underfloor heating systems as they are excellent retainers and distributors of heat.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tiles - 400 - 9m2 / 97 sq ft
Large border tiles - 107 plus all four corner pieces - 2.49m2 or 16.65 linear metres / 54.6 linear ft.
Small border tiles - 110 plus all eight corner pieces - 2.52 m2 or 16.5 linear metres / 54.1 linear ft.