Early 20th century Boch Freres ceramic c.5m2
A small c.5m2 / 54 sq. ft. antique French ceramic manufactured by Boch Freres, Maubeuge in the early 20th century.
The floor consists of 17.2cm square geometrically tessellating field tiles with 17cm x 8.5cm bar and domino themed half sizes borders. We have not recovered the border corner tiles but these can easily be mitre cut from regular borders to create the corner tile.
109 main field tiles plus 60 of each of the Boch Freres half size borders.
The floor is of excellent quality, the field tiles weighing c.1.3 kgs each and it has cleaned superbly as the high resolution photographs reveal.
We include a scan in the gallery showing the half sized domino themed border from the original Boch Freres catalogue in our possession.
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.