12m2+ of antique Boch Freres ceramic tiles with moorish themed borders

12m2+ / 130 sq ft of antique Boch Freres, Maubege, ceramic encaustic tiles complete with their original moorish themed same size border tiles. The floor has been reclaimed from the entrance hall of a large period brick built townhouse, dated 1892, in Lacres, Nord Pas de Calais, nothern France. This is a quality ceramic, as one would expect of a Boch Freres tile; 17.3cm square and close to 2cm thick. Being handmade in small batches there is subtle colour variances in the slip colouring of the vegetal themed design as can be seen in the photographs below. The design is charming, simple and pure and its visual development is superb for an entrance hallway where a sense of navigation into the home is needed. The border is lush and detailed and adds some indulgence to the purity of the main field tile.

The floor has cleaned well, old mortar and wax removed the tiles now reveal strong, crisp colours, unchanged since their firing over 100 years ago. Some tiles diplay some surface crackling and other small groutable chips and edge nibbles but the tiles are in good condition and at over 1 kilo each in weigh robust for another 100 years or more. Being ceramic and highly fired they can be laid internally or externally as high and sub zero temperatures will have no effect on their durability and being excellent conductors and retainers of heat they can be laid with underfloor heating systems.


Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-

Main field tile - 355 tiles - 10.6m2 / 114 sq ft.

Large border tiles - 60 tiles totalling 10.7 linear metres / 35 linear feet. 1.85m2 / 20 sq. ft

Corner pieces - 2 tiles plus one damaged piece. Border corners can be mitre cut.

Plus free offcuts

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Floor Size:

10m² - 20m²

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