A 13.5m2/145 sq ft. antique French ceramic using two field tiles.
Now fully restored to its original beauty when manufactured in the early part of the twentieth century, a 13.5m2 / 145 sq ft. antique French ceramic of 14.2cm sq tiles with its original same size and half size borders.
The floor was manufactured by Compagnie Francaise Mosaique Ceramique de Maubeuge at their factory in Montplaisir and we include in the gallery scans from their original catalogue presenting the tiles.
As evidenced in the gallery, the individual tile detail is magnificent in its craftsmanship and the floor uses two individual field tiles, in a four tile tessellation, creating a resplendent damier.
The floor is framed by its original full size and half sized borders and their condition is excellent, as the high resolution photographs show.
Highly fired handmade tiles, they can be laid inside or outside of the home where high summer or sub zero winter temperatures will have no effect on their robustness.
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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.