54 French Douzies Maubeuge ceramic border tiles c.1930
54 antique ceramic French border tiles providing for a linear length of 8.1 linear metres / 26.6 linear feet.
The tiles appear in the 1930 Produits Ceramiques de Maubeuge, Douzies Maubeuge catalogue, a scan of which is included in the photo gallery.
Ideal to frame an antique or contemporary ceramic, a parquet, or as a decorative feature in a chimney breast, inglenook, in a shower, framing a bath etc.
15cm sq and 15mm thick, the tiles have cleaned superbly and arrive ready to relay.
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.