An antique Sand & Cie French ceramic - beautiful detail

A magnificently detailed antique French floor, complete with its original border tile series, manufactured by Ceramiques de Sand & Cie in the early part of the 20th century. Along with the high resolution photographs of a laid out section of the floor we have also included a scan from the original Carrelages de Sand and Cie catalogue showing the tiles. 

The complex design has a hand painted quality and owing to being handmade in two tile moulds there are subtle variations in both design and colour tones; the tessellation of the design opening up its interlocking motif over four tiles. The floor is framed by its original same size borders which can be laid singulary or back to back. 

The restoration of the total surface available is work in progress but from the tiles completed they are in very good condition revealing a deep slip on a 15mm thick tile. A very small number display the occasional small chip or edge nibble, all groutable. Being ceramic encaustic the tiles can be laid inside or outside of the house; in the garden, on a patio, conservatory or entrance path. They are excellent conductors and retainers of heat, so well suited to work with under-floor heating systems.

Available by the m2 / sq ft.

Minimum order quantity  is 5m2 / 55 sq ft unless part of a larger order.

Enquire for tile counts by tile type or let us know your surface area requirement.

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.