A French Mosaic themed ceramic floor c.1930-1933
A French ceramic encaustic floor of 14cm square field and border tiles, opening out a beautifully detailed styalized floral motif across their four tile tessellation. The floor, manufactured in 1933 by Societe Generale de Carrelages et produits ceramiques, Feignies is framed by a same size large border and a half size border.
We have shown in the gallery photographs of a small cleaned section of the floor as well as scans from the original SGC catalogue showing the tiles presentation. The ceramic is excellent, 15mm thick tiles with a deep slip and with just a few tiles bearing small groutable chips or edge nibbles, all adding to a pleasing patina. The palette is warm; on a tile fond of white there is tangerine, turquoise and dark red present. This is a highly fired ceramic tile and as such will work most efficiently with underfloor heating systems and it can be laid inside or outside of the home, for example in a conservatory, summer house or on a garden patio. The tile slip is dense offering virtually zero surface porosity so sealing of the tiles once laid is not required, a simple regular wash will be enough to retain its lustre.
Available by the m2 / sq ft.
Minimum order quantity is 5m2 / 55 sq ft unless part of a larger order.
Enquire for tile counts by tile type or let us know your surface area requirement.
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.