Antique Trent Tile with Boy’s Face

On February 3, 2017, in American Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Trent Tile Company, Trenton, NJ  1882-1939 A young boy’s face is surrounded by leaves on this Trent Victorian-era tile.  It is deeply molded and has glossy glaze colors, mostly browns and beige with touches of blue.   Crazing on the surface.  See this in Norman Karlson’s “Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles”, Region 2, page 180. […]

Trent Victorian Silhouette Tile/Child

On February 1, 2017, in American Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Trent Tile Company, Trenton, NJ  1882-1939 Trent is responsible for many large, artistic luster-glazed art tiles of the Victorian era.  Here is one of their molded silhouette tiles with the image of a child.   The glaze is very glossy with craze lines.    This appears in Norman Karlson’s Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Region […]

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 […]

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). […]

Water Lily or Lotus Flower Tile

On November 22, 2016, in American Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

American Encaustic Tiling Co., Zanesville, OH  1875-1935 Lotus blossoms and/or water lilies were often depicted on vintage tiles.   Here is one from AET with satiny blue glazing.  The flower is recessed into the clay and raised lines can be felt on the surface.  We also have one in pale mauve.   Although these came […]

MTC Geometric Vintage Tile

On November 22, 2016, in American Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Mosaic Tile Company, Zanesville, OH  1894-1972 This vintage tile is simple yet attractive with its molded geometric pattern and matte glaze.   We like the rustic patina, not sure if the tile was made that way, or if the blue glaze has worn off. 3  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; signed, never […]

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  

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 […]

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    

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 = […]

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  

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 […]

Vintage Moravian Owl Tile

On October 1, 2016, in American Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, PA  1898-present The face of an owl is a delightful subject on this vintage Moravian tile.   Deeply molded with matte and satiny glazes.   This tile was photographed and appears in Norman Karlson’s Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Region 2, page 222. 4″ sq 1/2″ thick Good condition; […]

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 […]

Antique Floral from Portugal

On September 22, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal   circa 1800’s A tulip-like floral motif is the central theme of this antique tile.  Smooth surface is off white with crazing with deep blue glaze designs.  Matte finish. 5″ sq x 3/8″ thick Good condition; minor surface and edge wear, consistent with age Qty = 6 pcs $60 each    

Portugal/Floral Tile

On September 22, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal   circa 1800’s Blue and off-white matte glazes cover this very old tile from Portugal.   It came from Norman Karlson’s collection (he is the author of books on American art tile).  The surface has crazing and some bubbling from the kiln.   Attractive floral motif and decorated corner. 5  1/8″ sq […]

Mintons Spirit of the Flowers Antique Tile

On September 17, 2016, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Mintons China Works, Stoke on Trent, England   1868-1918 This antique tile is from series pattern No. 1347 ‘Spirit of the Flowers’  c.1872-73.  The complete set of twelve included ‘waterlily, wildrose, poppy, lily of the valley, daisy, foxglove, violet, convolvulus, anemone, snowdrop, lily and primrose’.  The winged nymph within a circle is surrounded by daisies. […]

Spanish Tile Set Pickman

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

Pickman SA, Seville, Spain   Circa late 1800’s This 2-tile set of antique tiles has an unusual repeating pattern.   Raised lines create the design and separate the 4 satiny glaze colors. each tile = 10″ x 5″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition; some chips and wear.   Glaze pops. Qty = 1 set of […]

Decorative Persian Tile by Kraftile

On September 30, 2015, in California Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Kraftile Company, Niles (Fremont), CA  1926-1997 This vintage tile with its Persian design has six glossy/satiny glaze colors.  Nice band on bottom edge.  From Norman Karlson’s collection.   See his Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Region 5 for Northern California, page 143 for same tile with different glaze colors. 6″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great […]