A small 3m2 art nouveau French ceramic floor with double borders
A small but beautifully detailed antique French ceramic encaustic floor, totalling 3m2 / 32sq ft, dating from the early part of the 20th century, which has been reclaimed from a house in Rheims in the Champagne area of France. The main field tile, a beautifully detailed ornate ‘ostrich feathers and butterfly’ themed tile and the art nouveau motif borders are both 15cm square and 1.5cm thick. While the design is rich and flowing the palette is subtle and autumnal with the fond of the field tile in off white, the vegetation browns and mid grey and the peacock feathering and butterflies a sea green. The double, ‘back to back’ border is classically art nouveau in its stylized vegetal theme.
The floor is in good condition, some tiles bearing small grout-able chips and nibbles, expected of a floor 100 yrs old, but the tile surfaces are excellent owing to a good clay slip and after a deep cleaning the colours are fresh and crisp. The high resolution photographs are a random sample of around 1.25 square metres of tiles.
The floor arrives clean and ready to relay, requiring only a regular washing to maintain its beauty.
Surface available c.3m2 / 32 sq ft. although more borders are available should they be required.