4m2 ornate mosaic themed ceramic c.1920-1930

A small antique ceramic encaustic floor, dating 1920-1930, reclaimed from its original home and now fully restored and arriving ready to relay.

The floor comprises of its 14cm square principal field tile, tessellating across four tiles into an interlinking medallion and faux cabochons motif and its original half size borders.

Please note that the large border tiles shown in the photographs are no longer available. The floor is supplied with only the half size borders shown, quantities of which are below.
The fond of the tile is white and the palette is primrose blue, burnt orange, green and bordeaux. The strongly geometric borders take from the same palette, adding mushroom to the main large border. The design is typical of 1920-1930 French floor styling, embracing a faux mosaic design.
The floor has cleaned superbly revealing consistent and crisp slip colours and the ceramic is excellent. A small number of tiles bear edge nibbles or groutable chips, as a random section of the floor below details. Being ceramic and highly fired it can be laid inside or outside of the home and being an excellent distributor of heat will work well with underfloor heating systems.
This is a unique and ornate floor and one that demands to be the heroine in any room. We think given its palette and style it would lend itself particularly well to a lay in a small bathroom or entrance. 
Floor surface is c.4m2 / 43 sq ft
Should you need any assistance with evaluating if the floor fits, or its best layout for your room, we are happy to help without any obligation on your behalf.

Field tiles - 185 tiles 3.6m2 / 38.75 sq ft.

Small border tiles - 42 tiles 0..4m2 / 4.3 sq. ft. or 5.9 linear metres / 19.4 linear ft.


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. 


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