Very Old English Floral Tiles

On March 30, 2019, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in England    early 1900’s Antique tiles from England have a floral motif with raised lines separating the glazes.   Some have glossy finish, some are matte and some are mixed.    Vibrant colors have interesting effects from the firing process.  Can work with Victorian or even Arts & Crafts environments.  Marked ENGLAND on […]

Rare 3″ Antique Mexican Tiles

On March 23, 2019, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico, circa 1920’s These smaller tiles are very hard to find – we haven’t had many in all our years of business.   They are hand painted with floral motif and vibrant glaze colors. 3″ x 3″ x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = as shown $50 each    

Antique Mexico – Hand-Made Tiles

On March 20, 2019, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico    circa 1920’s We have 4 tiles in this pattern.    They are hand-painted with bright glaze colors.   Smooth surface with a satiny finish. 5  1/2″ x 5  1/2″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition; never set.  Some glaze pops and minor wear. Qty = as shown $75 each  

Talavera Mexican Tile Set

On March 20, 2019, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico      1920’s This old 4-tile set has the iconic blue/white glazing that is reminiscent of Talavera.  Hand painted floral motif with matte and satiny glazes.  Each tile measures 5  1/2.” 11″ x 11″ x 3/8″ thick Very good condition; never set.  Some glaze pops, small chips Qty = 1 set of […]

Antique Portuguese Tiles Rare Collection

On February 28, 2019, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal circa late 18th century After the devastating earthquake that destroyed most of Lisbon in 1755, the Marquis de Pombal was mainly responsible for the rebuilding of the city.   Tile production went into full swing.   This very rare collection of antique tiles comes from that period and belongs to Mr. Norman […]

Very Old Mexican Tile

On December 21, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico, 1920-1930’s We love these very old hand-made Mexican tiles.   This one has colorful glazes and an organic feel.   Tile has a floral motif, beveled edges and the finger marks in the clay can be seen and felt on the back. 5  1/2″ x 5  1/2″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition; […]

Don Quixote 9-Scenic Tiles from Spain

On October 23, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Ramos Rejano, Seville, Spain circa early 1900’s Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age.  These little vintage tiles are a depiction of some of his adventures to undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha.  There are bright glossy […]

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    

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.