Claycraft Covered Wagon Tile

On December 27, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 An image from the Wild West is depicted on this large vintage relief tile.  Six oxen are pulling the covered wagon through the desert.   There are mountains in the background with desert cacti and rocks in the foreground.   Lots of details and self framed.   We believe […]

Alhambra Kilns Ecclesiastic Eagle Tile

On December 13, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Alhambra Kilns, Alhambra, CA  1926-1937 We rarely see Alhambra Kilns tiles with colored, glossy glazes.   This 3-dimensional tile has an ecclesiastical depiction of an eagle with perhaps the bible.  This image refers to St. John. 3  1/2″ sq x 5/8″ thick Excellent condition; signed, never set Qty = 1 $275    

Tudor Vintage 4-Tile Set

On November 22, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Tudor Tiles, Los Angeles, CA  1927-1939 This vintage tile set has a colorful, Moorish-inspired pattern that could be laid out in different ways.   Tiles have a smooth, glossy surface and 5 glaze colors.  Use for a tile table, back splash etc.   Even looks good when arranged in a linear pattern. each tile = […]

Kraftile Vintage Miniature Tiles

On November 19, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Kraftile Company, Niles (Fremont), CA  1926-1997 These adorable little tiles are early Kraftile.   Shown are all we have available at this time.   These florals and/or geometrics can be mixed into an installation. 2″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = as shown $40 each    

AETCO Vintage Floral Tile

On November 19, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

American Encaustic Tiling Company, Los Angeles, CA  1919-1933 Jewel-like glaze colors decorate the floral motif on this vintage tile.  Although it is stamped with “Galloway Tile Co, Pasadena, Calif”, the tile was made by AET.   Perhaps the Galloway store was a distributor for AET’s tile. 4  1/4″ sq x 3/8″ thick Great condition; signed, […]

Moorish Tile from AETCO

On November 11, 2016, in California Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

American Encaustic Tiling Co., Los Angeles, CA  1919-1933 Bright colors are outlined with wide brown lines creating a Moorish-influenced pattern.   This vintage tile has a smooth surface and mix of matte and satiny glazes.  Although part of a larger pattern, this tile looks good displayed on the diagonal.  Can be seen in Norman Karlson’s […]

Malibu Large Scenic Tile with Parrots/Dragons

On November 11, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, MalibuCA  1926-1932 How does one begin to describe this amazing vintage tile?  A pair of parrots are perched on a never-ending vine intertwined with dragons.  The tile is deeply molded and has matte polychrome glazing.   The artistic tiles from this company are all the result of Rufus Keeler, a remarkable chemist and […]

CALCO Flower Pots & Vines Tile

On November 4, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

California Clay Products, So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 This elegant floral relief tile depicts two flower pots with overflowing vines.   Look at the details on the borders as well.   Just absolutely an artistic and well-made vintage tile.   Rufus Keeler was the creative genius at CALCO, before he moved on to work at Malibu […]

Batchelder/Pasadena Bisque Tiles

On November 3, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Pasadena, CA  1909-1928 Any tiles marked Batchelder Pasadena are earlier than those marked Los Angeles.    Here are some unglazed (bisque) tiles decorated with birds and  flowers/leaves. 3  3/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick Great condition; signed Qty = as shown $150 each  

Abstract Tiles From Estate of Howard Whalen

On November 2, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Howard Whalen, Sierra Madre, CA  1913-? We have an interesting collection of tiles from the estate of Howard Whalen, a renowned sculptor and artist.  His work was hand made with an organic feel, combining many clays into his work.  Some of this have JS incised on the back.   Perhaps these are the initials of […]

Howard Whalen Chunky Tiles

On November 2, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Howard Whalen, Sierra Madre, CA  1913-? HOWARD WHALEN was born on April 28, 1913 in Detroit, Michigan. He was apprenticed to the sculptor WAYLANDE GREGORY at the Cranbrook Art Academy. Later on (1932-33) Whalen went to New Jersey and to New York as Mr. Gregory’s assistant. Subsequently (1934) Whalen worked on a federal art project […]

Abstract Tile Howard Whalen

On November 2, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Howard Whalen, Sierra Madre, CA  1913-? This hand made tile consists of 3 different clays pressed together, creating an abstract work of art.  Howard Whalen’s work is very unique and organic; truly one of a kind.   Not sure about the marks on the back; could be the year 33 and perhaps a numbering system. […]

Howard Whalen Mini Tile Collection

On November 2, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Howard Whalen, Sierra Madre, CA  1913-? These small treasures were hand made with a marriage of different colored clays.   Very unique and collectible – one of a kind.   His work reflects his forward-thinking visions and creativity. 3″ sq x 3/8″ thick Great condition; signed Qty = 1 each $95 each  

Howard Whalen Modern Tile

On November 2, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Howard Whalen, Sierra Madre, CA  1913-? Howard Whalen (now deceased) was a local Sierra Madre artist and sulptor. His work exhibited internationally, and he is mostly known for his sculptures.   This is one of his mid-century, hand-made tiles.   There are trowel marks covering the surface of the thick, red clay and black satiny […]

Howard Whalen Miniature Tile

On November 2, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Howard Whalen, Sierra Madre, CA  1913-? This small tile resembles a small bowl of sprinkles!  The red clay was hand formed with a recessed center, glazed with frosting-like satiny white and sprinkled with tiny dots of clay.   Mostly known for his sculptures, Howard Whalen was a true ceramic pioneer.  The back is labeled 1G […]

Batchelder Pasadena Corbels

On October 21, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 From Batchelder’s early years comes this set of antique corbels.  Cherubs on each corbel appear to be holding up the fireplace mantel that they would be supporting.   Wonderful details and  matte glazing.  Sold as a pair. 9″ tall x 4″ wide x 3″ deep Great condition; signed Qty = […]

Tudor Spanish Tiles

On October 21, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Tudor Tiles, Los Angeles, CA  1927-1939 This Spanish-influenced design looks pretty on its own or combined with other tiles in an installation.   There are 5 satiny glaze colors with crazing on red clay. Sold separately. 6″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; varies per tile.  Some small chips and edge wear. Qty = […]

Tudor Floral Tile

On October 21, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Tudor Tiles, Los Angeles, CA  1927-1939 This vintage floral tile has bright glaze colors, a smooth glossy finish and crazing.  Although Tudor is probably not as well know as Taylor or D&M, their tiles are in many installations around the Los Angeles area. 6″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; minor edge wear Qty […]

Batchelder Pomegranate Tile

On October 20, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 Batchelder made this pomegranate tile in a number of glazes.   This one is satiny green with touches of blue.   Nice workmanship one would expect from this great tile maker. 2  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; teeny edge chip Qty = 1 $65  

Batchelder Insert Tiles

On October 20, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 We have a small quantity of these small insert tiles in 2 patterns.  The geometric patterns are recessed into the clay have matte glaze colors.   Mix or match these with field tiles of any size to create a unique installation.    They also make great paperweights! 2  3/4″ sq […]

Floral Tile-California Art Tile Co.

On October 13, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Art Tile Co., Richmond, CA  1922-1956 Vintage relief tile has a large floral motif and matte glazes.   Deep teal accents the recessed areas of this pretty tile.  In addition to 3 pcs of this design, we have 2 very similar.   Contact us for more photos. 7  3/4″ sq x 3/4″ thick Very […]

Batchelder Mini’s

On October 11, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 We have a small quantity of each of these vintage miniature Batchelder tiles.    Insert tiles were made mainly to enhance a floor or wall installation.   They add a little character when combined with field tiles.  Mix or match designs.   Sold individually.   Ask about quantity of each […]

Batchelder Fireplace Mantels

On October 11, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 We have 4 different vintage Batchelder mantels for sale.   It’s not possible to show the complete sets as we are limited by the amount and size of the photos.  Here are some images and we will be glad to assist anyone interested in a mantel.   Sets have either […]

California Faience Book by Kirby Brown

On October 8, 2016, in California Tiles, Miscellaneous Items, Pottery, by nancy

“California Faience Ceramics for Cottages and Castles”  by Kirby William Brown, grandson of one of the original founders, William Bragdon. A beautiful tribute to the works of this fine pottery and tile maker.   The book contains 275 pages of history and illustrations that Mr. Brown has accumulated and photographed over many years.   We […]

Vintage Brayton Tile with Mexican Man

On October 7, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Brayton Laguna Pottery, Laguna Beach, CA   1927-1968 Bright, colorful glazes have brown resist lines to separate the colors.   This charming vintage Brayton tile shows a Mexican man in profile.  Simple details and set in a removable iron frame.  Ready to hang. 7″ sq x 5/8″ thick Excellent condition; signed. Qty = 1 $950 […]