A small, 5m2, three motif antique French ceramic
A small antique ceramic floor, dating from the early part of the twentieth century, now fully restored and ready to relay. The tiles are 14cm sq and c.15mm thick and the total surface area is c.5m2 / 54 sq. ft. making it ideal for a small porch, entrance, bathroom or toilet.
The palette is cool and present are greys, off-white, burgundy and leaf green across what is a triple-motif floor with the motifs opening up over 4 tiles. The three distinct motif are:-
A mid grey floral themed tile with a double flower
A mid grey floral themed tile with a single flower
A geometric tile introducing green and burgundy
The floor has restored well, it is a good ceramic with some tiles displaying small chips or edge nibbles, all of which are groutable at the lay and add to the character of a pleasing antique patina. The photographs are of a randomly taken 1.25m2 section of the floor. Owing to the handmade production of the tiles there is some tonal variation in the slip colour of the grey tiles, ranging from a white to a cream and this can be seen in some of the high-resolution photographs in the gallery that we have taken to highlight it. See photograph number 7 specifically.
Grey single flower – 88 (22 complete motifs)
Grey double flower – 68 (17 complete motifs)
Geometric – 96 (24 complete motifs)
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.