A small Boch Freres ceramic 1.2m2

A small antique French Boch Freres, Maubeuge ceramic of a principal 17cm sq field tile and its half size border tile. We show the tiles in the photo gallery as displayed in the 1908 Boch Freres catalogue.

The floor, in a cool palette, totals 1.2m2 / 13 sq ft and would be suitable for a toilet, porch, bath or shower splashback or as a decorative feature in a larger floor.

The tiles were handmade in the early 20th century and display a rich antique patina; there are tonal variations and small chips and nibbles on some tiles, all groutable. The tiles weigh +/- 1.3kgs each.

There are 32 main field tiles and 30 half size borders. 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 55kgs 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:

MAD110-3 MAD85-9

Floor Size:

To 5m²

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