14.5m2 antique ceramic art nouveau floor c.1900-1925
One of two floors reclaimed from the same house in Namur, Belgium this triple border ceramic floor bears all the DNA of art nouveau design. The floor is complete, with all corner pieces for the border series present and totals some 14.5m2 / 150 sq ft + in surface area. The palette of the flying kite motifs are cool in greys, blue and white and are anchored by a strong dark red and yellow tulip head motif. The same size border is strongly geometric, almost lego-like and is framed by a flower head half size border sharing the same palette.
The 14.3cm square tiles are 15mm thick and reverse stamped 'CNW'. The inscription ‘CNW’ is an abbreviation for ‘Societe Anonyme Le Ceramique National, Welkenraedt’, a company established at Forges-les-Chimay in 1892 which later opened a subsidiary in Welkenraedt in 1900. The Welkenraedt factory continued to trade until the mid 1920’s, so the tiles date between 1900 and 1925.
The tiles have a pleasing patina, a small number displaying edge nibbles and small groutable chips but the ceramic is excellent, the slip colours strong and consistent and there is no surface wear to the tiles, which arrive ready to relay.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tiles - 530 - 10.8m2 / 117 sq ft
Large borders - 90 plus 4 corners - 1.9m2 / 20.6 sq ft or 13.4 linear metres / 44+ linear ft
Small borders - 170 plus 8 corners - 1.78 m2 / 19 sq ft or 24.5 linear metres / 80.6 linear ft