A small 3.6m2 Boch Freres ceramic c.1881 - 1900
A small handmade Boch Freres ceramic totalling 3.6m2 / 38 sq ft.
Consisting of a geometrically tessellating 17cm sq. field tile and its original same size borders they were made in small batches as early as 1881. We include a scan from the original Boch Freres catalogue of that year, now in our possession, showing the presentation of these fine tiles, which weigh over 1.2 kgs each.
An excellent ceramic with crisp colours they have restored well revealing a deep slip, some tiles display small chips and edge nibbles, all groutable.
A perfect floor for a small bathroom or porch or as a carpet style statement in a larger area framed by a complimentary ceramic or antique parquet.
Total surface area of 3.6m2 / 38 sq ft*
Field tiles - 74 - 2.1m2
Border tiles (Clover themed) - 46 - 8 linear metres / 26 linear feet (plus 3 free tiles with chips for use as halves or corner tile mitres) - 1.33m2
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.