Magnificent and rare Sand & Cie floor c.1900 - 18m2-20m2
A magnificent, complete and rare French Carrelages Ceramiques Sand et Cie ceramic encaustic floor complete with its original border.
We include in the photo gallery two scans from their period catalogue showing the field tile and the border tile.
The floor dates from the early part of the twentieth century. Both the main field tile and border series embrace the same palette with the simple vegetal theme of the main field tile giving way to indulgent and ornate border framing. The floor, which was handmade in individual moulds, totals c.18m2 - 20m2 and is exquisitely detailed in in its design, as can be seen in the high resolution photographs of a small cleaned section, the design elements on the tiles displaying an almost brush stoke finish. The floor is in very good condition; the ceramic is excellent and the patina everything one would expect of a floor over 100 years old; some tiles displaying edge nibbles and others small capiliary cracks which were formed when the tiles left the kiln.
Being highly fired they can be laid inside or outside of the home and used with underfloor heating systems. Once laid a sealing is not required and a simple regular washing is all that is needed to retain their beauty and lustre.
Currently work in progress, enquire for more details regarding availablity.
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.