23.5m2 art nouveau French ceramic encaustic floor - early 20th century
An impressively detailed 23.5m2+ / 252 sq ft, French ceramic encaustic floor dating from the beginning of the 20th century, reclaimed from the reception room of a period house in Rouvroy, a town of some 9,000 inhabitants to the south-east of the city of Lens in the Pas de Calais region of northern France.
The floor, of 15cm square tiles, embraces the very best of art nouveau styling; a strong floral theme and geometry framed beautifully by a lattice same size and half size border tile. The floor, with 700 main field tiles and close to 500 border tiles has been individually quality controlled and painstakingly cleaned of old mortar and wax and arrives ready to relay with all four large corner pieces and eight small corner pieces for the borders series are present.
The floor is in excellent condition; some tiles display small groutable chips and nibbles but the ceramic and slip depth are very good and a regular wash is all that is required once laid to retain its beauty and lustre for many years to come. Being a highly fired ceramic the floor can be laid inside or outside of the home and will work superbly with underfloor heating systems.
The high resolution photographs show a random section of around 2m2 of the total floor.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Main field tile - 700 – 15.75m2 / 170 sq ft.
Large Border tile - 215 plus 4 corners - 4.9m2 / 53 sq ft or 32.8 linear metres / 107.8 linear feet
Small Border tile - 265 plus 4 internal and 4 external corners - 3m2 / 32 sq ft or 40.9 linear metres / 134.3 linear feet