A French Winckelmans ceramic floor with same size borders
A French ceramic encaustic floor totaling +/-10m2 / 110 sq ft, produced by Boucquey et Winckelmans, the tiles bearing the reverse inscription B&W. The floor consists of a principal field tile in off white and grey with a starred blue motif, complimented by an ornate border tile in predominantly aubergine. The border series can be laid in duplicate, as shown in the photographs, or as a single tile depending on the linear length of border required or your personal preference.
Both the principal field tile and the border tiles are 15 cm sq / c. 6 inches. Easy on the eye and classical in form it would be perfect as a centralised feature of a larger area framed in wood, stone or a complimentary plain tile or equally in an entrance hallway or large kitchen.
The floor has cleaned very well of old wax and mortar and arrives ready to relay. A small number of tiles display small groutable chips and edge nibbles but they have been individually quality controlled are of excellent quality. Being ceramic encaustic they can be laid inside or outside of the home and of course can be used very efficiently with underfloor heating systems.
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.