c.6m2 Antique Boch Freres ceramic encaustic floor
A small but beautiful, quality antique French ceramic encaustic tile produced by Boch Freres, Maubeuge, France c.1920-1930. We incude in the photo gallery some scans showing the tiles in the original Boch Freres period catalogue.
The floor has been reclaimed from a house in renovation in Levis Saint-Nom, some 45 kms south west of Paris.
The main field tiles are 14cm square and the floor comes complete with its original same size and half size border tiles, which are laid in duplicate. The floors design, in a floral theme, is a re-edition of an earlier tile dating from the latter part of the 19th century, also produced by Boch Freres, Maubege, the key difference being the tile sizes, with the earlier version being 17.5cm square.
The floor has cleaned superbly revealing consistent colours in a subtle palette on an excellent ceramic 1.5cm thick. A small number of tiles have edge nibbles or the occasional small chip but the high resolution photographs are representative of the whole floor which totals c.6m2.
Being a highly fired ceramic the floor lends itself to being laid inside or outside of the home, where neither high summer or sub zero winter temperatures will affect the structure of the tiles and as great distributors of heat they will work well with under-floor heating systems.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
FIELD – 270 tiles – 5.3m2 / 57 sq ft.
LARGE BORDERS – 17 tiles – 0.33m2 / 3.6 sq ft. or 2.4 linear metres / 7.9 linear feet
SMALL BORDERS – 34 tiles - .0.33m2 / 3.6 sq ft or 4.8 linear metres / 15.6 linear feet