Stunning 11m2 to 13m2 antique French Sand & Cie ceramic

A stunning antique ceramic with its original left side and right side border tiles, complete with all 8 border corners.

These 15.5cm square ceramics were produced in the early part of the twentieth century by Manufacture de Carrelages Mosaiques, Sand & Cie, Feignies and we include in the gallery a photograph of both the original factory and the presentation of the tiles in their period catalogue*.

The floor has cleaned superbly as the high resolution photographs of a random sample of 1.2m2 of the floor shows; slip colours are crisp and vibrant on a quality 15mm thick ceramic. The 290 field tiles are framed by a same size border, for which there are 80 left side motifs and 80 right side motifs plus the 4 internal and 4 external border corners. These borders are laid in duplicate, back to back, as shown in the photo gallery.

* The antique Sand & Cie catalogue spread shows a secondary 15.5cm sq. border which we also have available. Should you wish to also take 80 of these border tiles it will increase the floors size to c.13m2 / 140 sq ft. Some photographs of these additional borders are included in the gallery.

A highly fired tile it can be laid inside or outside of the home and will work well with underfloor heating systems.

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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