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  

Salvaged Tile from Mexico

On October 27, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico   Circa 1920-1940’s These salvaged Mexican floral tiles have matte glaze colors on a smooth surface.   There is some mortar on some of the edges.  We have 3 pcs in last photo that have a cut edge.  Could be used if tiles have to be cut to fit. 5  1/2″ sq […]

Mexican Tile Grouping

On October 27, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico   Circa 1920-1930’s Colorful vintage tiles are hand made with mostly smooth surfaces and beveled edges.    Most of these are single tiles, but on some designs, we have more than one.  Contact us for more photos or info. 4  1/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; varies per tile.   […]

Mexican Handmade Tile Antique

On October 27, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico     Circa 1920-1930’s Handprints are evident on the back of this antique Mexican tile with its colorful hand-painted floral motif.  The tile has beveled edges and a smooth surface. 5  1/2″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; never set.  Surface has a few glaze pops. Qty = 1 $75   […]

Geometric Italian Tile

On October 18, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Raimondo Dinatale,   Naples, Italy circa 1800’s We only have one piece of this antique Italian tile.   Although part of a large geometric pattern, this one tile has its own character.   From the vast collection of European tile amassed by Norman Karlson, author of books on American art tiles. 7  3/4″ sq x […]

Antique Italian Floral Tile

On October 18, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Italy   circa 1800’s A repeating floral motif is hand painted on this antique Italian tile.    Bright colors against off white background.   Here is a nice piece of Italian history! 7  3/4″ x 7  1/2″  x 3/4″ thick Good condition with aged patina.  Surface and edge wear. Qty = 1 $175 […]

Decorated Antique Italian Tile

On October 18, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Italy    circa 1800’s The aged patina adds to the charm of this antique Italian tile.   Norman Karlson traveled the world and collected old tile during his long life.  Although he published books on American art tiles, he has yet to bring us a book on his European tile collection.   Matte […]

Italian Antique Tile

On October 18, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Naples, Italy   circa 1800’s This old tile is a wonderful piece of Italian history.   It has a simple floral motif with black and brown on an off-white background.    Signed:  FRANCISCO NAPOLI BUTTINO 7  3/4″ sq x 3/4″ thick Good condition for its age; edge wear and chips Qty = 1 $175   […]

Dutch Tile Back Splash

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

Made in Holland, possibly Makkum Set of 9 tiles makes a colorful panel that could be incorporated into a back splash or other installation.   Each tile measures 5×5″ x 3/8″ thick and has colorful glazes with a glossy finish.   Crazing adds an aged look.    These are copies taken from a very old […]

Mexican Vintage Tile

On October 4, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico   circa 1950-1960’s Bright yellow and cobalt pattern is accented with white.  Tile has a smooth surface with glossy finish.    We have a small amount; can add color and design to any installation.    Sold separately. 4  3/4″ sq x 1/4″ thick Good condition; some edge wear Qty = 8 pcs […]

Cinderella Tile-Mintons-John Moyr Smith

On September 23, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Mintons China Works, Stoke on Trent, England 1868-1918 We have 3 tiles from the Fairy Tale series designed by Moyr Smith for Mintons.   The original set consisted of 12 tiles, each depicting a different fairy tale.  Shown here are Cinderella, Rumpelstilzchen and The Little Tailor. 6″ sq x 3/8″ thick Great condition; minor edge […]