c.10m2 Belgian Art Nouveau floor with double borders
Reclaimed from a town house in Namur, Belgium and now fully restored and ready to relay, we present this antique Belgian ceramic of 10m2 / 107 sq ft.
The tiles bear the reverse inscription rings and stamped 'M' identifying it as having been produced by Carrelages Céramiques de Chimay, Maufroid Freres & Soeur, Rue Poncet, Bourlers, Henegouwen, Belgium, who later became: S.A. La Céramique de Bourlers.
Maufroid Freres et Soeur traded as such between 1879 and 1912, so the tiles were produced pre-1912. The lush and fluid art nouveau design of the floor in its cool palette of greys, off-white, charcoal, blue and green, would likely narrow the date of production to between 1900 and 1912.
The principal field tiles are +/- 16cm square, although there is subtle variations in their size and thickness owing to having been handmade in small batches. The field tiles are framed by a same size border, which can be laid singularly or, as we have shown in the photographs, back to back as a double lay. All 4 internal and 4 external border corner tiles are present and correct. The floor has cleaned well; it displays a rich patina but colours are consistent and there is no surface wear. A small number of tiles display small groutable chips or edge nibbles expected of a floor between 107 years and 140 years old but the ceramic is of excellent quality.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
FIELD TILES - 285 - 7.3m2 / 79 sq.ft
BORDER TILES - 96 plus 8 corners - 2.7m2 / 28.5 sq ft or 16.6 linear metres / 54.5 linear ft.*
* halve the linear meterage should you opt for a double border lay as shown in the photographs.