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 Tile

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

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

Cottage Scene by Muresque Tile

On December 13, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 This vintage tile is deeply molded and filled with handsome details.   Depicted is an English cottage scene.  Notice the thatched roof and Tudor-style of the home, brick wall and heart-cut out in the gate.  Matte glazes and self framed. 6″ x 6″ x 3/4″ thick Very good condition; some […]

Batchelder Rare Mayan Tile

On November 21, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 This Mayan tile is very different from the ones we usually see from Batchelder.   It is very thick with 4 separate Mayan faces/symbols.   Matte black glaze in the recessed areas outlines the images. 5  3/4″  x  5  3/4″  x  1″ thick Great condition; signed Qty = 1 $350 […]

Mayan or Aztec Batchelder Tile

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

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 Matte black glaze really compliments the 3-dimensional Mayan or Aztec image.  Interesting details and deep red clay add to the appeal of this vintage Batchelder tile. 4 3/4″ wide x 3 3/4″ tall x 1/2″ thick Excellent condition; signed Qty = 1 $150  

CALCO Mayan Profile Tile

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

CALCO (California Clay Products) So. Gate, CA This vintage tile has the face of a Mayan or Aztec warrior.  Glazing is a mix of tan, teal and brown with matte finish.  Can be framed, set into fireplace etc.  We have a 2nd tile with slightly darker glazing.  Sold individually. 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ x […]

Malibu Tile with Central Floral Motif

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

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Glossy and matte glazes cover the smooth surface on these salvaged Malibu tiles.   These make great accent pieces within an installation. 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition; minor edge and surface wear Qty = 5 pcs $80 each  

Calco Vent Tiles

On October 28, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Clay Products (CALCO), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Also know as grills or ventilation tiles, these were originally designed for use in the transfer of heat, for stoves or fireplaces.   And they were also used in attics or foundations to let air thru.  These were made by CALCO and have their signature mottled glazing. […]

Muresque Dutch Scene Tiles

On October 28, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Very 3-dimensional vintage tiles depict a lovely Dutch scene, complete with windmill.  Lots of great details and self framed. 6″ x 6 x 5/8″ thick Very good condition; some minor surface wear/chips Qty = 2 $550 each  

Batchelder Tile with Trees

On October 26, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 Trees dominate the landscape image on the vintage Batchelder tile.   The background shows structures on a hillside.  Matte blue glazing. 3  3/4″ sq x 3/4″ thick Very good condition; minor wear.  Signed. Qty = 3 $150 each    

Mission Tile by Malibu Potteries

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

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Vintage polychrome relief tile depicts an old California or Spanish mission.  Wonderful matte glazing has some curdling in the green and gray.  Self framed. 7 3/4″ tall x 3  3/4″ wide x 5/8  thick Excellent condition Qty = 1 $1000

Taylor 4-Tile Pheasant Panel

On October 19, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Taylor Tile Company, Los Angeles, CA  1934-1938 An amazingly beautiful vintage scenic panel depicting a pheasant perched on a tree branch.   Glaze colors are abundant; tiles have a smooth, glossy finish.   This can be installed indoors or out; set in a tile table or framed. 16  1/2″ x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never […]

CALCO Adam & Eve Bookends

On October 17, 2017, in California Tiles, Miscellaneous Items, by nancy

California Clay Products (CALCO), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 Selling vintage ceramic bookends depicting Adam & Eve.   Mottled glazing has a glossy finish and images are very three dimensional. 7″ wide x 6 1/2″ tall x 3″ thick (each piece) Excellent condition Qty = 1 set $425 set  

Muresque Vintage Viking Ship Tiles

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

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Here’s a selection of deeply-molded vintage tiles depicting Viking ships on the high seas.   Matte glaze colors have that ‘dusty’ look that Batchelder and Claycraft also produced. 6″ sq x  3/4″ thick Condition varies; signed Qty = as shown $500-600  

Vintage Mission Tile by Malibu Potteries

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

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Old California mission is depicted on this vintage relief tile.  Simple details and matte glaze colors. 3 3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition Qty = 4 $450 each    

Large Vintage D & M Tile

On October 4, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Davies & McDonald Tile Company, Los Angeles, CA  1928-1939 D & M tile has a Moorish-inspired pattern with 6 satiny glaze colors on a smooth surface. 8″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition Qty = 2 $250 each  

California Faience Tea Tile-Yucca

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

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 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 pale blue sky.   Tea tiles are round with glazed edges and originally made as decorative hot plates.   This design dates back between […]