37m2+/400 sq ft Boch Freres ceramic - late 19th century
A rare find from a heritage ceramic producer and totalling 37m2+ / 400 sq. ft. this antique ceramic was reclaimed from a Belgian demeure, currently being demolished.
Manufactured by Boch Freres, Maubeuge, France in the late19th century, the tiles also appeared in their period catalogue in the early 20th century and we have included scans in the gallery showing their original presentation.
Weighing over 1.2 kgs per tile the design is a classic geometric tessellation of a principal 17.3cm field tile, exquisitely framed by a same size back to back border using 5 different border tiles.
The floor has been completely restored and arrives ready to relay.
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Recovered from the same house was the period wall faience, manufactured by Villeroy Boch, Septfontaines, Luxembourg, a link to their details can be found here.
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.