A classical French damier with lush borders c.7.5m2
A classical French damier of a mid grey and white ceramic tile, stamped MCM, manufactured by Manufactures de Ceramique de Maubeuge and a same size ceramic border manufactured by Octave Colozier in 1913.
Both the field and border tiles are 14cm square and 15mm thick and we include a scan from the Octave Colozier period catalogue in our possession showing the original presentation of the border. The presentation shows also an alternative way of laying the border though we have opted for the one in the photo gallery of its original lay.
The tiles have been reclaimed from a house close to Maubeuge in northern France and have cleaned well. The photo gallery shows a random sample of c.1.25m2 of the floor which is a quality ceramic displaying on a small number of tiles groutable edge nibbles and the occasional small chip which delivers a charming antique patina as the high resolution photographs show. Among the Colozier borders there is some tonal variation in slip colour on a small number, the result of having been hand made in small batches, and we have included side by side an example of where this has occurred showing black against a dark burgundy.
The design is classically chessboard with a fluid and lush border that delivers an impressive frame.
There are no corner tiles available for the borders as the original lay in a hallway was of parallel runs but these can easily be mitre cut by the tiler should they be required.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tiles – 320 - 6.4m2 / 69 sq ft
Border tiles – 55 – 1.1m2 / 11.8 sq ft or 7.7 linear metres / 25.2 linear feet