Antique Blue/White Mexican Tiles

On October 17, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Mexico, circa late 1800’s-to early 1900’s These Mexican tiles are very old and have been painted by hand using blue and off white glazes.   Star pattern with simply-decorated corners.   Beveled edges.   Norman Karlson had a love of  antique tile and purchased pieces from all over the world.    Sadly, he […]

Westraven Holland Windmill Tile Cloisonne

On October 17, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Westraven, Utrecht, Holland   Mid 1900’s ? Delft cloisonne tile has raised lines creating the images and separating the glossy glazes.   There are seven colors and nice details.   Factory-made openings for hanging. 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″ thick Great condition Qty = 1 $95    

Set of 4 Antique Spanish Scenic Tiles

On October 17, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Ramos Rejano, Sevilla, Spain late 1800’s-mid 1900’s Adorable tiles each depict a hand-painted scene with bright satiny glaze colors.   Display as is, frame them or use as a focal point in any installation. 2  3/4″ x 2  3/4″  x 3/8″ thick Good condition; never set.   Small edge chips Qty = 1 set of […]

Vintage Chinese Vents

On September 28, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Ceramic ventilator or grill tiles were originally designed for the exchange of air or heat, but can be used as wall decorations.  We currently have 3 sizes; 1 in matte dark green and the others in glossy green.  The floral motif is on both sides and there are factory-made holes, which can be used to […]

Medmenham Antique Tiles England

On August 15, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Medmenham Tile, Buckinghamshire, England 1898-1906 Simple yet elegant raised-line design can work in many environments.   These can be laid out horizontally or in groups of 4 etc.  Or just use 4 as a focal point in an installation.  We acquired a large quantity of these 100+ year old tiles that have never been set. […]

Lamosa 6-Tile Panel

On July 10, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Lamosa Ladrillera, Monterrey, Mexico Here is a charming depiction of a Mexican man waiting to sell his clay pots.   Very nicely detailed and multiple glaze colors, matte and glossy.    These tiles are 6″ x 6″ each and can be set indoors or out.   Not quite sure of its age. 18″ wide x […]

Antique Hand-Painted Tile – Mexico

On May 18, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico, circa  1920’s Very old tile has a floral/leaf pattern within a diagonal frame.   Soft colors on a smooth surface.   Beveled edges. 5  1/2″ x  5  1/2″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition; has some edge chips/wear Qty = 1 $65  

Colorful Mexican Vintage Tiles

On May 15, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico, circa 1920-1930’s This assortment of tile has the same hand-painted pattern but with different glazing.  These are all old, have a smooth surface with satiny finish and beveled edges.   Sold separately. 4  3/8″ x 4  3/8″ x  1/2″ thick Very good condition; varies per tile Qty = as shown $65 each […]

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 Customer Photos, Foreign Tiles, by nancy

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

Tile Installations

Sharing some photos sent to us from customers after their installations.    

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