Large antique Boch Freres floor, 35m2, early 20th century
A restored and impressive French Boch Freres, Maubeuge ceramic reclaimed from a café renovation in Ceyzeriat, Drom and dating from the late 19th, early 20th century. The reverses of the tiles are stamped BOCH FRERES MAUBEUGE.
The floor comes with its original large and half size borders and we have included in the gallery a scan from the period Boch Freres catalogue showing the tiles.
Total surface of 35m2 / 377 sq ft.
The palette is cool and the tessellation of the tile easy on the eye. The ceramic is in superb condition, as one would expect of a heritage ceramic house; slip colours are consistent, there are small groutable chips on just a very small number of the tiles, which are 17mm thick and weigh over a kilo each. Handmade in small batches and originally fired to over 1,100 degrees these 14.7cm square field and borders can be laid inside or outside of the home and will also work efficiently with underfloor heating systems.
The original lay of the floor included Boch Freres, 14.7cm sq off-white tolerance tiles, used where the tiles rendezvous to the wall and we include these as optional to the purchase of the floor.
A stunning and rare floor that would be a conversation piece in any home.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
FIELD – 1,240 – 26.8m2 / 288 sq ft.
LARGE BORDERS - 130 tiles plus 4 corners - 2.9m2/31.2 sq ft or 19.7 linear metres / 64.6 linear ft.
SMALL BORDER – 280 tiles – 3.1m2/32.6 sq ft or 41.2 linear metres / 135 linear ft.
WHITE tolerance tiles – 105 – 2.23m2 / 24 sq. ft
We also have the identical floor available with a different large border. Owing to differences in sizes of the field tiles the two floors cannot be merged but they could be laid in two separate rooms. Details of the floor can be found here.
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.