A small 1m2 Boch Freres ceramic - c.1881 - lovely patina

17cm square field tiles and 17cm x 8.5cm half border tiles. 

24 field tiles plus 30 half size borders.

Handmade by Boch Freres, Maubeuge in c,1881, robust, c.1.3kgs thick, they display a charming antique patina where some tiles have small chips or edge nibbles, all groutable. We include in the photography gallery scans from their original catalogue showing the tiles.

The floor is small, 1m2 / 11 sq ft, and lends itself for use in a small toilet, entrance porch, as a decorative feature or as a bath or kitchen splashback or on a shower wall or walk in.

Only one corner tile has been recovered but given their design it simple requires the tiler to cut at 45 degrees for the corner to rendezvous.

Note:- Given the small size of the floor and its weight of 50kgs it is likely to only be economically viable to ship as part of a larger order.

 Tile size, thickness and tones
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.

Can we help?
If you can provide a technical drawing, or a simple sketch with key dimensions, we are happy to assist in evaluating and recommending the best layout of the floor in your area of choice..


Ref Code:

MAD110 MAD85-9

Floor Size:

To 5m²

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