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 […]

Moorish Star Tile by S & S

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

Solon & Schemmel (S & S), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 This pattern has been around for centuries and was incorporated into tile by many tile makers.  Raised lines create the Moorish Star and separate the satiny glaze colors.  The glaze pops and rustic patina add character and appeal. 5″ sq x 5/8″ thick Very good […]

Batchelder Glazed Tile Set

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

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 Vintage tile set has a Spanish-influenced cuenca pattern and five matte glaze colors.   Can be laid out in a number of ways, even horiztonal.   Perfect for a central focus in a back splash or other installation. each tile = 5  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; […]

Malibu Polychrome Floral Tile

On March 11, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 This is an amazing vintage art tile from the famous Malibu Potteries.   Glaze master Rufus Keeler started the pottery with May Knight Rindge, whose dream was to make the world’s most beautiful tile.    Matte glazes cover the artistically-designed floral motif.  Self framed.  We also have a larger one […]

Taylor 4-Tile Floral Panel

On February 16, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Taylor Tile Company, Los Angeles, CA  1934-1938 This vintage 4-tile floral panel was made by Taylor and previously set into a tile table.   There are 5 mainly glossy glaze colors on a smooth surface.  There are some scratches that we frequently on the black glaze.  Can be reset into a table, set into a […]

Claycraft Floral Border Tiles

On February 11, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Here is a pretty border tile with raised lines creating the repeating floral motif and separating the multiple glaze colors.    We have a small amount that could be used to enhance any installation. 3  3/4″ x 1  3/4″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition Qty = 13 $40 for […]

Malibu Arts & Crafts Vintage Tile

On February 10, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Here is an exceptional vintage tile with Arts & Crafts styling and multiple matte glazes.  There is a small central flower surrounded by a series of circles; corners are decorated.  Just acquired 2 more! 3  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set.   Small chip on backside corner. […]

Large Muresque Spanish Courtyard

On January 24, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 This scenic ceramic tile is like a painting full of detailed images.   The courtyard pavers are different shapes and sizes, the tile roof is outlined, archways on the old Spanish-style building appear distressed, and the tree in the foreground is nicely portrayed.  Many matte glazes were used; however the […]

Muresque Floral/Butterfly Tile Vintage

On January 24, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Artistically designed and deeply molded, this spectacular vintage tile is a great example of the work done by Muresque.   The tall flowering plant has 3 butterflies within the design.  Matte glazes are blue, green and purple against the dusty beige/tan.  Self framed and never set. 17  1/4″ tall x […]

Claycraft Floral Border Tiles

On January 18, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Multiple glossy glazes are separated by raised lines on this vintage border tile.   It has a repeating floral pattern and uneven top edge.   We have a small quantity available and because they were salvaged, not all are signed. 7″ x 5″ x 3/4″ thick Very good condition […]