An antique French Douzies Maubeuge ceramic tiles c.1900
An antique French ceramic encaustic tile manufactured by Ceramiques de Douzies Maubeuge in the early part of the twentieth century.
These 15cm square field tiles have cleaned superbly and the ceramic is excellent; the tiles mushroom-grey fond is beautifully complimented by the green of the oak leaves and acorns cornering each tile. Anchoring the floor is a four tile motif, which has a hand-drawn quality, and which is in a colour we can only describe as a burnt orange or caramel. The freeform stylising, vegetal theme and colouring have all the hallmarks of art nouveau but the floor is also strongly geometric on the eye as it opens out. The border tiles are beautifully detailed, 14.5cm sq. As can be seen in the photographs in the gallery they frame the floor beautifully.
The floors condition is very good and it has an aged patina evident in small tile edge nibbles and the occasional small grout-able chips that can be seen in the high resolution photographs below. The 1.5cm+ thick tiles were made by a period producer known for their quality and the now clean floor has all the DNA of both a quality ceramic and design.
Being ceramic encaustic the tiles can be laid inside or outside of the home. Given the colour palette and design, options open up for a patio, conservatory or summer house visually linking home to garden..
As excellent retainers of heat they can be used efficiently with under-floor heating systems.
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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.