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 […]

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