c9m2 / 97 sq ceramic Boch Freres floor c.1900-1914
Currently being restored and available shortly
An antique French ceramic handmade by Boch Freres, Maubeuge
15cm square tiles and large borders plus half size border
Indicative surface area - +/- 9m2 / 97 sq ft.
Tile quantities by tile types to follow shortly
Large border corners are missing and for the photographs we simply placed a field tile in its position. But in the gallery we have produced a schematic of how the border corners can be mitre cut.
We have reclaimed, restored and sold the same floor in a different palette some years ago. Photographs for it can be found by clicking here
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