A large run of antique French border tiles - early 20th century

Reclaimed, restored and arriving ready to relay, a large run of antique French ceramic border tiles dating from the early 20th century.

There are 240 large borders and 90 small borders providing a linear length of 34 linear metres for the large and 12.8 linear metres for the half size border.

The tiles are 14.2cm sq and 14.2cm x 7.1cm, with both being c.14mm thick.

In an autumnal palette, they have cleaned well, revealing a quality ceramic and an appealing patina with some tiles displaying occasional groutable edge nibbles or small chips.

The tiles were manufactured in the early 20th century by Compagnie Francaise de Mosaique Ceramique de Maubeuge (Nord) at their Montplaisir factory. We include scans in the gallery of the presentation of the tiles in their period catalogue. 

Perfect for framing an antique or modern ceramic or parquet floor, in a chimney breast or an Aga inglenook, as a practical and unique kitchen splashback, as a shower feature...

The lot is divisible, enquire for details.

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. 

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