Desert Cactus Tiles by Claycraft

On October 10, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Vintage relief tiles by Claycraft depict a cactus in a desert setting.  Matte glazes are mostly muted colors.   Self framed.   Sold separately.  Last photo was taken from Norman Karlson’s Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Region 6, page 153. 7  3/4″ x 3  3/4″ x 1/2″ thick Great […]

Duck Tile by Muresque

On September 7, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Three-dimensional vintage tile features a duck set on the diagonal.   Tile is self framed and notice the cat o nine tail in the background.  Matte glazing with touches of teal in the recessed areas.  We have a few others with glaze variations.  If interested in more than this tile […]

Muresque Rabbit Tile

On August 4, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Rabbits were a popular subject with tile makers.   Here is one of Muresque’s versions (we have a different one also listed).  Placed on the diagonal, the rabbit or hare is seemingly relaxing in the tall grass.  Medium blue matte glaze in the recessed areas.  Very three dimensional and has […]

Cal Art Spanish Courtyard Tile

On July 28, 2018, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

California Art Tile Company, Richmond, CA   1920’s to 1960 Entitled “A Night in Spain,” this vintage tile has many wonderful features.  Portrays a finely-dressed couple standing near a fountain in a Spanish mission or courtyard.   Notice the crescent moon, individual adobe bricks, a red clay pot etc.   Great workmanship.  Tile is self […]

Malibu Vintage Tea Tiles

On July 25, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Here are 4 lovely and special tea tiles by Malibu.     All sides are glazed and the tops are decorated with floral motifs. 6 1/2″ to 7 1/2″ wide Very good condition; varies per tile.   Some minor edge wear/surface marks on black glaze. Qty = as shown $400 […]

RARE Doorbell Tile by Hispano-Moresque

On July 17, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Hispano-Moresque, Los Angeles, CA  1927-1932 Here is a very unique vintage doorbell tile with multi-colored glazes bleeding into each other.   Smooth, glossy surface.   Some other uses for these tiles with central holes are:  stands or base for ladies’ mirrors, ceiling mounted with hanging light fixture, and perhaps used as fountain spitters.  Center hole […]

Rabbit Tile Vintage Muresque

On July 11, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 One expects quality products from this old art tile company.   This adorable rabbit tile definitely falls into that category.   The hare is sitting up with fence and hedges in the background.   Notice the colorful cobbled path.   Tile is self framed and can be displayed in a […]

Muresque San Juis Rey Mission Tile

On July 11, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Tall vintage tile depicts a portion of what appears to be the San Luis Rey Mission in Southern California.   Matte glazes are soft and muted and the background is recessed, making the mission three dimensional.   This can be framed in wood or iron, displayed as is in a […]

Malibu Galleon Tile Vintage

On July 10, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Multi-colored vintage tile depicts an old sailing ship or Spanish Galleon on the open seas.  Glossy glaze colors.   Is impressive as is, but imagine this set into a metal or wood frame.  Last photo shows a similar version of this tile in Norman Karlson’s Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, […]

California Faience Tea Tiles

On July 6, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Stella Loveland Towne, a  ceramic artist, worked for Cal Faience in the 1920’s and although she designed many tiles, these fruit basket and flower basket tiles can definitely be attributed to her.   Glazed on all sides, these rounds are referred to as tea tiles.  Some are glossy, some are […]

Batchelder Fountain Installation

On July 4, 2018, in California Tiles, Customer Photos, by nancy

Our Batchelder glazed pastel tiles were used in this creative fountain, mixing old with new.  Click to open photo below for larger image.  

Mid-Century Back Splash

On July 4, 2018, in California Tiles, Customer Photos, by nancy

Pacific Tile & Porcelain, Los Angeles, CA  1936-1960 Here is a clever use of our PT&P modern tiles, highlighting a back splash.   We have more available, blue and white on pale gray, 6″x6″.  

D&M Arched Tile

On June 21, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

D&M (Davies & McDonald), Los Angeles, CA  1928-1939 We have 60 pcs of this vintage arched tile with repeating floral motif.   Can be used to create fountains, archways etc. Will sell in any quantity.   Black edges are rounded for a finished look.  Smooth surface has satiny finish.  Use your imagination with these great […]

Cottage Tiles by California Art Tile Co.

On June 7, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Art Tile Company, Richmond, CA  1922-1956 We have acquired a large amount of these vintage Cal Art tiles depicting a cottage nestled in the trees.   These are brightly glazed with matte finish; not what we usually see from Cal Art.   Selling in any quantity. 3  3/4″ x 3  3/4″  x 1/2″ thick […]

Vintage GMB Heraldic Tiles

On June 6, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Gladding McBean, Los Angeles, CA  1890-present These chunky vintage tiles have recessed images of rampant lions, fleur de lis and crosses with glossy glazing.  These are larger than the others listed-see last photo for smaller tiles.   Sold separately in any quantity.  Some are signed. 4″  to  4  1/2″,  1″ thick Great condition Qty = […]

Malibu Border Tiles

On May 19, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Here are some vintage Malibu border tiles with designs influenced by the ceramic art of the Saracens.   Tiles have a smooth surface and glossy glazes.    We have limited amounts of each. 4″ long x 2″ wide x 1/2″ thick Good condition; varies per tile $35 to $50 each […]

Vintage Fish Tile Panel

On May 10, 2018, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Four-tile panel depicts a tropical fish swimming among the reeds.   The glazes are a mix of glossy and matte on a smooth surface.   This can be mounted and framed in a bathroom or child’s room; could be installed as a focal point in a shower ,tub or pool area.   We are unsure […]

House-Number Sign with Batchelder Tiles

On May 9, 2018, in California Tiles, Customer Photos, Miscellaneous Items, by nancy

Here are 2 awesome, hand-made house number signs using some of our vintage Batchelder tiles mixed with a contemporary house-number tile.  A clever use of  tiles, bricks, stone and topped with an aged architectural element.    

Cuenca S&S Spanish Geometric Tile

On April 28, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel (S & S), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Glossy glazes are separated by raised lines which also outline the design.   Vintage tile has a Spanish-influenced geometric pattern. 4″ x 4″ x 5/8″ thick Great condition; signed, never set Qty = 1 $70  

Vintage Geometric Tiles-S&S

On April 28, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel (S & S), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Vintage tiles have geometric patterns recessed into the red clay.   Matte glazes highlight the designs.   These have a rustic feel and can be combined in any quantity to add interest to an installation. 4″ x 4″    thickness ranges from 1/2″ to 5/8″ […]

S & S Vintage Tiles

On April 27, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel (S & S), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 These tiles have a smooth surface with matte glazes.    Will sell in any quantity.  There are glaze skips on the surfaces; these are not chips. 4″ x 4″ x  1/2″ thick Very good condition; signed, never set Qty = as shown $50 each  

Claycraft Fruit Bowl Vintage Tile

On February 7, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Very 3-dimensional vintage tile depicts a footed bowl containing a variety of fruit.   Self framed with a raised border.   The finish on this tile is not original; someone darkened the surface.  Original finish would be pale ‘dusty’ looking glaze colors.  Some of the dark finish is peeling […]

S & S Insert Tiles

On February 7, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Lovely vintage tiles each depicting a floral or geometric motif with raised lines separating the colors.   Selling individually. 3″ x 3″ x 5/8″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = as shown $75 – $100  

Cal Art Polychrome Tiles

On December 20, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Art Tile Co., Richmond, CA  1922-1956 Here is a selection of attractive vintage tiles with soft, satiny glaze colors.    Use in a number of ways; install in fireplace or back splash, frame or give as gifts. 4″ x 4″ x 5/8″ thick Condition varies Qty = as shown $100 to $125 each  

Opposing Birds-Batchelder Tiles

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

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 Small and chunky insert tiles each have birds facing each other.  Matte blue glazing.   Use in an installation or display as is.    Sold individually. 2 3/4″  x  2 3/4″  x  3/4″ thick Very good condition; signed.  Minor wear; 1 tile has a corner chip. Qty = 2 $75 […]