An antique Belgian ceramic encaustic - Gilliot & Cie. Hemiksem
A professionally restored antique ceramic encaustic floor produced by Gilliot & Cie of Hemiksem, Belgium in the early part of the 20th century.
Reclaimed from the reception room of a period house in Pomacle, a small town north of Reims, in the Champagne region of France, the 14cm sq tiles are a simple and pure geometrical tessellation of a repeating blue floral and star motif on a charcoal and white lattice. The tile fond is mid grey. The main field is framed by a same size border, shown in the photo gallery and a half size border for which we can send a photo on request.
Now professionally cleaned, old mortar and years of wax have been removed revealing a good quality ceramic and consistent colours. The floor arrives ready to relay and can be laid either inside or outside as the tiles were highly fired and are resistant to both high and sub-zero temperatures. They are also perfect for use with underfloor heating systems as ceramic is an excellent conductor and retainer of heat.
We can propose different border tile options, both full size and half size, should they be desired.
Sold by m2, simply let us know the number of tiles required or, optionally, if you send us the key dimensions of your area we can calculate that for you.
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.