Antique Spanish Border Tile Assortment

On November 9, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Spain, circa 1700-1900’s These antique border tiles are all from Norman Karlson’s collection; a result of his many years of traveling and acquiring old tiles.  Each has its own character and charm; and all we have left is what is shown here.  Sold separately. sizes range from 3×5″ to 4×7″ Good condition; have […]

4-Tile Set from Spain

On October 31, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Spain, circa late 1800-early 1900’s These antique tiles have a smooth surface with colorful leaf motif.  Can be laid out in a couple of ways. 10  1/2″ x 10  1/2″ x 3/8″ thick Good condition; has chips and wear due to age Qty = 1 set = 4 $160 set  

Tiles with Spanish People

On October 21, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Spain    Circa early 1900’s We just acquired a large amount of unset antique tiles from Spain.   All have depictions of Spanish people, knights, etc.   Some may even be Don Quixote characters.  Hard to show them all. 2  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set $20 each    

Hand-Painted Antique Portuguese Tile

On September 21, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal   circa 1800’s Satiny glazes cover this antique Portuguese tile.  Four glaze colors were used on the hand-painted floral motif. 5  5/8″ sq x 3/8″ thick Very good condition for its age Qty = 1 $40  

Flower Tile from Portugal

On September 21, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal   circa 1800’s Antique tile was salvaged before Portugal passed a law forbidding their old salvaged tiles to be exported and it comes from Norman Karlson’s huge collection.   It is the only one we have with this pattern.  Hand-painted floral motif with blue and off white satiny glazes. 5  3/4″ sq […]

Cavalrymen Antique Dutch Tiles

On August 9, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Holland, age unsure Although these Dutch tiles are not as old as many shown on our website, they were made using the same style and designs as we have seen on 17th century tiles.   Each tile depicts a different image of men on horseback with some holding swords and others with banners. […]

Man on Horse Antique Dutch Tile

On August 9, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Holland    circa 1700’s The Dutch were prolific in tile making as early as the 16th century.   The ubiquitous blue on white, decorated corners and simple motifs result in wonderful and collectible tiles.   Scenes of daily life, animals, birds, flowers, soldiers, children playing games are depicted on these charming tiles. We […]

Spanish Tile by M. Ramos Rejano

On July 15, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Manuel Ramos Rejano, Seville, Spain    late 1800’s – mid 1900’s Bright blue and white glazes cover this vintage Spanish tile.   Raised lines separate the colors and create the floral, Moorish-influenced pattern.  The tiles from this company decorate many buildings around the world. 10  3/4″ long x 5  1/2″ wide x 1/2″ thick Very […]

Lamosa Framed Tile with Dancing Couple

On July 12, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Lamosa Ladrillera, Monterrey, Mexico    circa 1940’s   The tile features two wonderful dancers on a patio with a hanging light in the background.  It looks like a combination of at least ten different colored glazes, both matte and satiny.  The piece is very detailed using the cuerda seca or dry line method.  The back […]

Benches made with Antique Spanish Tiles

On July 7, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

A couple of our clients shared their installations made with Spanish tile purchased at Wells Antiques!  

Minton’s Aesop’s Fable Tiles

On January 27, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Mintons China Works, Stoke on Trent, England   1868-1918 We have a series of antique transfer/decal tiles featuring images from the famous Aesop’s Fables.    They have a smooth glossy surface with redding brown and tan. Shown are: The Lion & the Rat, The Fox & the Goat in the Well, The Fox & the […]

Portuguese Antique Flower/Fruit Panels

Selection of antique tile panels that were made in the 1700’s, after the earthquake that devastated a large portion of Lisbon, Portugal.   These historic treasures are referred to as Azulejos Pombalinos, named after the Marquis de Pombal who was responsible for the rebuilding of Lisbon.    They all come from Norman Karlson’s vast collection […]

Japanese Antique Tile Set

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

Sami Tile Works, Nagoya, Japan  circa early 1900’s Antique 4-tile set has excellent color separation with raised lines forming the pattern.  Four glossy glazes have crazing.   Each tile measures 6″. 12″ x 12″ x 3/8″ thick Great condition; very minor wear, signed Qty = 1 set of 4 $200    

Mensaque Rodriguez Spanish Tile

On December 1, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Mensaque Rodriguez, Seville, Spain   circa early 1900’s This scenic tile from Spain depicts a man and women in a park-like setting.   It has many glossy glaze colors separated  by resist lines.  Self framed. 7  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Good condition; has some edge chips/wear and a surface chip (near the man’s knee). […]

Don Quixote Tile from Spain

On December 1, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Mensaque Rodriguez, Seville, Spain, circa early 1900’s Antique tile depicts a scene from Don Quixote, the story of a Spanish gentleman, who set forth on a journey to right wrongs and accomplish good deeds in the name of chivalry.   Resist lines separate the many glossy glaze colors. 5  1/2″ sq x 1/2″ thick Good condition, […]

French Revolution Tiles

On November 12, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

George Martel, Desvres, France Contemporary tiles depict scenes relating to the French Revolution.  These came from Norman Karlson’s collection; he has now retired and no longer travels worldwide to collect tiles. 5″ sq x 1/4″ thick Very good condition; minor wear Qty = 1 each $25 each  

Antique French Country Tiles

On November 12, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in France, circa late 1800’s We have a small collection of antique French tiles that could be used in a back splash or counter, combined with other tiles.  Some are marked on back. 4  1/2″ sq x 1/4″ thick Good condition; age related ware Qty = as shown $40 each  

French Antique Floral Tile/Lavender

On November 12, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in France, circa late 1800’s – early 1900’s Here is an attractive antique tile with a floral/leaf motif.  We also have one with a pink flower listed. 8″ sq x 3/4″ thick Good condition; has chips and wear associated with its age Qty = 1 $100  

French Antique Floral Tile/Pink

On November 12, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in France, circa late 1800’s – early 1900’s Five glazes colors cover the floral design on this antique tile made in France.   Craze lines add character.  Although this tile is somewhat distressed, it has a charm to it.    We also have one with a lavender flower listed separately. 8″ sq x 3/4″ […]

Tunisian Hand-Cut Tiles

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

Made in Tunisia, unknown date Handcrafted by artisans, these handsome tiles have earthy colors and patterns taken from the old traditions.  Regretfully, we only have one of each design. 4″ sq x 3/8″ thick Great condition; minor edge wear Qty = 1 each $35 each    

Tunisian Antique Tile

On November 9, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Tunisia, circa early 1900’s This antique tile has a smooth surface with a satiny finish.   This was part of a repeating pattern but is attractive enough on its own.   Glazes are shades of blue on off white, with crazing. 5″ sq x 1/2″ thick Good condition; corner chips and edge wear […]

Portuguese Tile-Antique Floral

On November 5, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal, circa 1800’s This lovely old tile was made to be part of a larger scene, but it can stand alone, especially displayed on the diagonal.  Smooth surface with shades of blue on white, with satiny finish. 5  1/2″ sq x 1/2″ thick Good condition; has some distress due to age Qty = […]

Azulejo Antiguo Espanol

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

Made in Spain, circa 17th century Very very old tile was most likely made to be a border tile, but is lovely enough to stand on its own.   The background is matte and the colorful glazes are glossy. 5  1/4″ sq x 1″ thick Great condition for its age; minor edge wear. Qty = […]

Azulejos Portugusas

On November 3, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal, circa 1800’s Bright yellow and blue glazes pop out against the off white background.  Tiles have a floral motif and were made after the earthquake that destroyed Lisbon.    Sold as a set of 4. 11″ x 11″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition; has the patina and wear one would expect from […]

Mintons Silhouette Tile

On October 28, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Mintons China Works, Stoke on Trent, England 1868-1918 This dust-pressed antique tile portrays a silhouette of a man.  Nice details throughout.  Has glossy sepia-like glaze with crazing. 6″ sq x 3/8″ thick Very good condition; tiny edge chips Qty = 1 $95