14.75m2 Sand & Cie French ceramic - beautiful detail
A magnificently detailed antique French floor, complete with its original border tile series, manufactured by Ceramiques de Sand & Cie in the early part of the 20th century. Along with the high resolution photographs of a laid out section of the floor we have also included a scan from the original Carrelages de Sand and Cie catalogue showing the floor.
The ceramic of these 15.5cm sq tiles is superb, the slip deep and the colours crisp. The complex design has a hand painted quality and owing to being handmade in two tile moulds there are subtle variations in both design and colour tones; the tessellation of the design opening up its interlocking motif over four tiles. The floor is framed by its original same size borders which can be laid singulary or back to back. The original lay of the floor was singularly as we have recoved all four exterior border corners. If you wish to lay it back to back then it will be easy to create the interior border corners by mitre cutting the regular border tile.
The floor has been completely restored and arrives ready to relay; old mortar has been removed from the reverse and sides of the tiles and old wax and dirt from their faces. The tiles are in very good condition, a deep slip on a 15mm thick tile. A very small number display the occasional small chip or edge nibble, all groutable. Being ceramic encaustic the tiles can be laid inside or outside of the house; in the garden, on a patio, conservatory or entrance path. They are excellent conductors and retainers of heat, so well suited to work with under-floor heating systems.
We will be happy to assist in evaluating the fit of the floor for your chosen area.
Tile quantities (give or take one or two):-
Field tiles – 485 – 11.7m2 / 125 sq ft
Large border tiles – 120 (plus 4 corners) - 3m2 / 32 sq ft or 19.2 linear metres / 63 linear ft.