California Faience Tea Tile-Yucca

On August 15, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Here is a beautiful example of California Faience’s tile work.   Vintage tea tile was made using the cuenca technique with raised lines separating the glazes.   The desert scene features a blooming yucca plant against a bright blue sky.   Tea tiles are round with glazed edges and originally […]

House Tiles-Matte-Cal Art

On July 29, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Art Tile Co., Richmond, CA  1922-1956 We have this charming scenic tile in a variety of matte glaze colors.   And listed separately, are tiles with this image and colorful, satiny glazes.    Details include cypress and other trees, roof shingles, steps etc.  Self framed.  The tiles with the red roof are signed. 3 […]

Vintage Tiles-House in the Trees-Cal Art

On July 29, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Art Tile Co., Richmond, CA  1922-1956 Satiny multi-colored glazes cover the charming scene on these Cal Art tiles.   A house is nestled among the trees with blue sky in the background.   Self framed.   We also have this scene in matte colors, listed separately. 3  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition […]

Thatched-Roof Cottage Tiles by Cal Art Co.

On July 29, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Art Tile Co., Richmond, CA  1922-1956 Here is our collection of Cal Art vintage tiles depicting a cottage with thatched roof set behind a stone/brick wall.   The glazing varies with each tile, ranging from light, muted colors to rich shades of brown, blue, green and sienna.  These are ideal for fireplace installations, framing, […]

Sea Gull Vintage California Art Tile Co.

On July 29, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Art Tile Co., Richmond, CA  1922-1956 Muted matte glazes are pale blue, beige with touches of tan and brown.   This self-framed vintage tile depicts a sea gull in flight, with waves crashing over a large rock. 3  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; small chip on bottom edge Qty = 1 […]

Claycraft Vintage Corbels

On July 21, 2017, in California Tiles, Miscellaneous Items, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA   1921-1939 We have individual corbels for sale.   None of these really make a pair.  The two front ones are very close but not exact.  They have been salvaged and have some mortar on the backs.   The scenic corbel depicts a Spanish home; has visible chips on front. […]

S & S Vintage Fountain Spitter

On July 12, 2017, in California Tiles, Pottery, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel (S & S), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 The outstanding workmanship by S&S is clearly visible on this vintage ceramic fountain spitter.  A very 3-dimensional man’s face is covered with glossy turquoise glazing with clay showing thru to highlight the details.   Hard to get the color right in the photos, but it […]

Contemporary Tile Installations

On July 8, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

These fireplaces were made using our contemporary field tiles, combined with scenic tiles, both vintage and new.  

Malibu Tile Bathroom Install

On July 7, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Beautiful installation by one of our designer customers.  

Fountain and Wall Installations

On July 7, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Creative use of individual tiles in wall and fountain installations from one of our customers.  

California Tile Installations

On July 7, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

One of our customers used a mix of many California tile makers, creating eclectic and very unique installations.  Includes Taylor, D&M, Hispano-Moresque, Tudor.    

Batchelder Fireplace Surround

On July 7, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Fireplace surround using Batchelder, Claycraft and Calco tiles.   Beautiful!  Click on the photo below to see the entire installation.  

Tile Installations

On July 5, 2017, in American Tiles, California Tiles, by nancy

Sharing some photos sent to us from customers after their installations.    

Duck Tile-Vintage Gladding McBean

On July 5, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Gladding McBean/Hermosa, Los Angeles, CA   1937-1962 Adorable duck is wandering thru the tall grass on this self-framed, vintage tile.  Satiny and matte glazes are white, shades of blue, green, gray and yellow. 4 1/4″ sq x 3/8″ thick Great condition; minor edge chips.   Signed, never set. Qty = 1 $150  

Muresque 3″ Scenic Tiles

On June 1, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 These little gems have 3-dimensional scenic images of trees, lakes and one with a garden wall.   Matte glazing and self framed.  Add to any installation. 3″ sq x 5/8″ thick Very good condition; never set.  2 are signed Qty = as shown $165 each  

Muresque Desert Scenes

On May 24, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Vintage relief tiles each depict a Southwest desert scene with rock formations and cacti.  Vivid matte glaze colors; self framed.   Pair can be used in a fireplace surround or individually framed.   Sold separately. 8″ tall x 4″ wide x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; signed, never set.  Small […]

Walrich Pine Cone Tile

On May 24, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Walrich, Berkeley, CA  1922-1930 Three-dimensional pine cones are depicted on this vintage, self-framed tile.  Matte glazing is mottled blue and brown; sides are also covered.   This tile can work well with Arts & Crafts environments. 5″ sq x 1/2″ thick Good condition; signed, never set.   Hairline on front & back-about 2″ on each […]

Muresque 4″ Floral/Leaf Tiles

On May 16, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Here’s our collection of vintage Muresque tiles with flowers, leaves, grape vines etc.   Self framed with matte teal glaze in the recessed area. 4″ sq x 5/8″ thick Great condition; signed, never set Qty = 4 leaf with swirling vine Qty = 3 large grape leaf Qty = 2 […]

Claycraft Tall Tree/Mission Tiles

On May 13, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Tall vintage relief tiles depict a mission by a river with a tall tree in the foreground.   Claycraft is known for artistically-designed tiles with images of California landscapes.    Some are more colorful than others.   Can be framed, set into a fireplace surround or any other installation. […]

Malibu Saracen Plates

On March 30, 2017, in California Tiles, Pottery, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA   1926-1932 The work of Malibu Potteries is among the most beautiful, finely detailed, and well executed.  The ceramic art of the Saracens, mostly abstract and geometric, had been influential to the tiles makers of old.   Both of these magnificent plates are representative of this style, with raised lines (cuenca) […]

Malibu Multi-Colored Tile

On March 30, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 A beautiful floral motif is featured on this vintage Malibu tile.  Has lots of glaze colors mainly glossy with a little matte for contrast, and a pattern that can stand alone. 5  3/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick Very good condition; teeny edge chips.  Some clay missing on the back. Qty […]

Spanish Patio Scene by Claycraft

On March 30, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Large vintage relief tile depicts a courtyard or patio of a Spanish style building.  Has many artistic and creative details, such as the animal face spitter on the side of the fountain.  Notice the design of the large door and details in the shadows of the arches.   Excellent […]

Brayton Tile-Man Walking Dog

On March 30, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Brayton Laguna Pottery, Laguna Beach, CA  1927-1968 From Brayton’s earlier days comes this vintage tile trivet with comical image of a man with his dog on a leash.   Raised lines separate the glaze colors and form the design.    There is a firing line from the kiln-bottom edge up to elbow of man. 6 […]

Malibu Glazed Tile

On March 25, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 We’ve had tiles with this pattern before but only the recessed area was glazed.  This vintage Malibu tile has a high gloss finish over the red clay as well as the recessed pattern with cobalt glaze. 3  3/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick Great condition; small edge chip/wear Qty = 1 […]

GMB 2-Tile Floral

On March 22, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Gladding McBean, Los Angeles, CA  1890-present This circa 1960’s set of 2 6×6″tiles has lovely pastel glaze colors with matte and glossy finishes.   Use as a focal point in any installation.  The date on the back of one tile is not when this was made; perhaps it’s the date the tiles were acquired by […]