A small c.5m2 +/ 54sq ft antique French ceramic
A small triple border antique French ceramic encaustic floor dated c.1920 and totaling c.5m2 / 54sq ft.
The tiles, which are in excellent condition, are 14 cm sq / 5 ½ inches and a good quality ceramic. The floor consists of a principal field tile and a same size border tile framed above and below by a half size border tile. The background of the tiles is off-white with the geometric form consisting of a charcoal coloured chain link forming a cross, which is anchored by a repeating blue star. The more ornate borders feature stylised snowflake motifs and blue and white roping on a mushroom coloured background and compliment well the classically geometric design of the principal tiles.
The photographs show a cleaned c.1.25m2 section of the floor, the tiles arrive ready to re-lay and being ceramic can be laid inside or outside of the home. Perfect for a small porch, lobby, bathroom or toilet.
Surface area - c.5m2 / 54sq ft. Enquire for tile quantities by tile type.
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.