15.5m2 antique French Douzies Maubeuge ceramic tiles c.1900
15.5m2+ 167 sq ft of antique French ceramic encaustic tiles manufactured by Douzies Maubeuge in the early part of the twentieth century, reclaimed along with another floor from a house in the ancient Cathedral city of Amiens in northern France. The floor comes with its original 14cm square border tiles.
These 15cm square tiles have cleaned superbly and the ceramic is excellent; the tiles mushroom-grey fond is beautifully complimented by the green of the oak leaves and acorns cornering each tile. Anchoring the floor is a four tile motif, which has a hand-drawn quality, and which is in a colour we can only describe as a burnt orange or caramel. The freeform stylising, vegetal theme and colouring have all the hallmarks of art nouveau but the floor is also strongly geometric on the eye as it opens out. The border tiles are beautifully detailed, crisp in their colouring and in a complimentary palette. As can be seen in the photographs below they frame the floor beautifully.
There are no border corner pieces but their geometry allows for easy mitre cutting to create a limitless number of corner tiles. There are c.200 borders available, some 28 linear metres / 92 linear feet and we would be happy to supply the quantity you require to frame the floor in your chosen room on a cost per linear metre basis as it is unlikely this number would be required.
The floors condition is very good and it has an aged patina evident in small tile edge nibbles and the occasional small grout-able chips that can be seen in the high resolution photographs below. The 1.5cm+ thick tiles were made by a period producer known for their quality and the now clean floor has all the DNA of both a quality ceramic and design.
Being ceramic encaustic the tiles can be laid inside or outside of the home. Given the colour palette and design options open up for a patio, conservatory or summer house visually linking home to garden?
As excellent retainers of heat they can be used efficiently with under-floor heating systems.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tile - 500 plus free offcuts (11.3m2)
Border tiles – 210 tiles (4.2m2) - 29.4 linear metres / 96.4 linear feet