1.7m2 of Belgian Art Nouveau ceramic tiles
Reclaimed from a town house in Namur, Belgium and now fully restored and ready to relay, we present a small antique Belgian ceramic of 1.7m2 / 18 sq ft.
The tiles bear the reverse inscription rings and stamped 'M' identifying it as having been produced by Carrelages Céramiques de Chimay, Maufroid Freres & Soeur, Rue Poncet, Bourlers, Henegouwen, Belgium, who later became: S.A. La Céramique de Bourlers.
Maufroid Freres et Soeur traded as such between 1879 and 1912, so the tiles were produced pre-1912. The lush and fluid art nouveau design of the floor in its cool palette of greys, off-white, charcoal, blue and green, would likely narrow the date of production to between 1900 and 1912.
The tiles are +/- 17cm square and have cleaned well; they display a rich patina but colours are consistent and there is no surface wear. A small number of tiles display small groutable chips or edge nibbles expected of a floor between 107 years and 140 years old but the ceramic is of excellent quality. 59 tiles, totalling 1.7m2, ideal for a small entrance porch, a toilet, as a splashback or feature in a shower, aga inglenook or as a decorative feature within a larger tile lay.