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. 5  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick […]

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. 3  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set.   Small chip on backside corner. Qty = 1 $400 […]

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 […]

Santa Monica Brick Border Tiles

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

Santa Monica Brick Co., Santa Monica, CA   1923-1940 Stylized tulips decorate these vintage border tiles.   Matte glazes mainly, except for the glossy black on the top tile. 5″ x 2  1/2″ x 3/4″ thick Good condition; some corner/edge chips.   Never set. Qty = 1 each $85 each  

Santa Monica Brick Geometric Tiles

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

Santa Monica Brick Co., Santa Monica, CA  1923-1940 Three different patterns are shown here in these original vintage tiles.   They have bright colors and are all made differently; that is, cuenca and cuerda seca.  Monaco was one of their tile lines.  We also have quantities of reproduction tiles with these patterns.   Contact us […]

Signed Malibu Dragon Tile

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

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Vintage hexagonal tile is depression glazed with matte cobalt and yellow.  The dragon pattern is recessed into the red clay.   We have more of these tiles with just the blue glaze.   Most are unsigned.  Contact us if interested; prices vary according to condition.   Average cost = $150 […]

Fishing Scene D&M Vintage Tile

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

D & M Tile Co., Los Angeles, CA  1928-1939 Many details and glaze colors went into this vintage tile.   The smooth surface has a slightly satiny finish with crazing.  Self framed. 8″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; has a small corner edge chip.   Also some other edge wear/chips. Qty = 2 […]

Miniature Geometric Tiles

On January 4, 2017, in American Tiles, California Tiles, by nancy

Unknown tile maker, circa 1920-1940 These vintage insert tiles can be combined with solid colors for flooring, back splash or any other installation.   The patterns can be mixed or matched, but we only have what is shown below. 1  3/4″  to 2″ sq x 1/2″ thick Good condition $25 each  

Claycraft Spanish Galleon Panel

On January 3, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 A majestic sailing ship is depicted on this vintage Claycraft tile panel.   Tiles have a bright glazed finish with raised lines separating the multiple colors.    This wonderful panel can be part of a larger installation, can be set and framed etc. 17  1/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick […]

Batchelder Miniature Mosaic Tiles

On December 31, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 These vintage little gems are very hard to find in multiples.  We have enough to accent any installation, or to create a mosaic design. 1/2″ sq x 3/8″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = varies per color $1 each  

Malibu Tile Side Table

On December 28, 2016, in California Tiles, Miscellaneous Items, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Attractive vintage iron-based table was made using genuine Malibu tiles.   There are 21 four inch floral tiles surrounded by black quarter rounds.  The custom iron base has two openings (4″ wide) to hold planters.  This table can be used inside or out for a unique statement. 32″ long x […]

Checkerboard Vintage Malibu Tiles

On December 28, 2016, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 We have quantities of these brightly-colored Malibu tiles.    There are three sizes to mix or match.   Combine with other solid tiles for an interesting installation. 2×2″  Qty = 24 pcs  $25 each 2×4″  Qty = 86 pcs  $35 each 2×6″  Qty = 56 pcs  $45 each Very good […]

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 […]