A Maufroid Freres et Soeur damier floor - 1879-1912
A handmade antique Belgian ceramic floor in a damier presentation of two individual field tiles. The tiles bear the reverse inscription rings and 'M' identifying the floor as having been produced by Carrelages Céramiques de Chimay, Maufroid & Soeur, Rue Poncet, Bourlers, Henegouwen, Belgium, who later became: S.A. La Céramique de Bourlers.
Maufroid Freres et Soeur traded as such between 1879 and 1912 and this floor originates from between the two dates.
17cm square tiles, 15mm thick.
The ceramic of the tile is excellent and the floor reveals a rich surface patina, as can been seen in the high resolution photographs. Some tiles display capillary cracks which were formed when the tile left the kiln and was exposed to a humid environment. The crack forms as heat attempts to escape at the same time as moisture is drawn in.
We can make recommendations on a border tile for the floor, should that be required.
If you are looking for a floor with a rich antique patina then this floor is a strong candidate. We have intentionally shown some tiles with surface pitting, formed when the tile was fired in the kiln, although only a small number of tiles display this surface characteristic.
Sold by m2, simply let us know the number of field tiles required or optionally, if you send a floor plan with key dimensions, we would be happy to calculate that for you without obligation.