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 Tulip from Holland

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

Made in Holland   circa 1600’s A tulip floral motif is the central theme, set in a diamond border, of this antique tile.  Smooth surface is off white with crazing with deep blue glaze designs.  Decorated corners have fleur-de-lis.  Matte finish. 5″ sq x 3/8″ thick Good condition; minor surface and edge wear, consistent with […]

Dutch Antique Floral Tile

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

Made in Holland  circa 1600’s Blue and off-white matte glazes cover this very old tile from Holland.   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 fleur-de-lis decorated corners. 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 […]

Kraftile Decorative Vintage Tile

On September 29, 2015, in California Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Kraftile Company, Niles (Fremont), CA  1926-1997 Early vintage tile has raised lines creating the repeating pattern and separating the glaze colors.   Satiny finish.    This design as well as many of their other designs were heavily influenced by old Persian patterns. 4  1/4″ sq x 7/16″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = 9 […]

Spanish Antique Tile

On September 16, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Spain   Circa 1800’s There are 4 satiny glazes on this antique tile from Spain.   Smooth surface and attractive pattern. 7  1/2″ sq x  3/4″ thick Good condition; has wear appropriate to its antiquity Qty = 1 $125  

Antique Floral Tiles/Portugal

On September 4, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal    Circa 1800’s Very old tile has been reclaimed from walls in Portugal. Because the Portuguese government passed a law against removing old tile from buildings for export, tiles like this have become very rare and expensive. The law was passed AFTER Norman Karlson obtained his vast collection. We have a large […]

Antique Pickman & Co. Spanish Tile

On August 26, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Pickman & Company, Seville, Spain     1841-? This award-winning tile company produced high-quality tiles that won them the “Gran Medalla Oro Paris” in 1878, which is stamped on the back of their tiles.    Here is one of their brightly-glazed tiles with raised lines separating the colors.   Depicted are pomegranates and flowering vines […]

Contoured Flower Tile-AET

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

American Encaustic Tiling Co., Los Angeles, CA  1919-1933 Here is another one of our vintage AET flower tiles with contoured top edge.  It has glossy glazes and is deeply molded.  We have others, some shown in photos below.   Contact us if interested in seeing more photos.  Norman Karlson entrusted his vast collection of tiles […]

Vintage Contoured Flower Tile

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

American Encaustic Tiling Co., Los Angeles, CA  1919-1933 Lovely vintage tile has three dimensional leaves and central flower.  Glossy glazes.  Originally made to be on the top row of an installation.   This comes from Norman Karlson’s collection and can be seen in his Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Region 6, page 29. 5  3/4″ […]

Antique Floral Tile Set from Spain

On July 9, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Spain   circa 17th century     We have 2 sets of these very old chunky tiles with rich glaze colors and intricate design.   The tiles have an aged patina appropriate to their antiquity, which adds character and charm. 10″ sq x 1″ thick Good condition; distressed Qty = 2 sets $290 […]

Sailboat Tile from MTC

On July 8, 2015, in American Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Mosaic Tile Company, Zanesville, OH   1894-1972 A sail boat on the open seas is depicted on this antique transfer tile.  It has a smooth, satiny surface, shades of blue against off white and decorated corners.   Nice red clay. 6″ sq x 5/8″ thick Great condition; minor edge wear.   Signed, never set. Qty […]

Sherwin & Cotton Tiles

On June 24, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Sherwin & Cotton, Staffordshire, England  1877-1911 Designer George Cartlidge was responsible for the photographic portrait tiles made by this company, as well as the large number of majolica tiles that the company produced.   Sherwin & Cotton had a reputation for consistently high-quality tiles.    Here is a pair of English gentlemen.   Notice the […]

Animal Tiles from Holland

On June 24, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Harlingen, Holland     Mid to late 1900’s? Shown here are 4 Dutch tiles each depicting a different animal.  They have glossy sepia glazing and corners are decorated in the old style.    Sold separately. 5″ sq x 3/8″ thick Good condition Qty = 4  Dog Chasing Elk Qty = 2 Mother Deer with Offspring […]

Delftware Tile with Bird

On June 24, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Holland, circa 1800’s Antique tile has blue and manganese glazing against off-white background.    Large water fowl is depicted in center and corners are decorated. 5″ sq x 1/4″ thick Good condition; wear on corners due to age Qty = 1 $75  

Dutch Antique Floral Tile

On May 8, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Holland, circa late 1800’s – early 1900’s Hand-painted tile depicts a vase with flowers within a circular border, and has that country’s ubiquitous blue and white glazing.    Satiny finish has crazing and the corners have a decorative motif. 5″ sq x 1/4″ thick Good condition; never set.   Chips & wear appropriate […]

Marblehead Unglazed Tile

On March 27, 2015, in American Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Marblehead Pottery, Marblehead, MA  1904-1936 From Norman Karlson’s collection comes this vintage tile with stylized peacocks.   It was never glazed so we assume it was left over when the pottery closed??  Marblehead’s logo is clearly incised on the back and Mr. Karlson affixed his label.   009-is the number he assigned to this pottery […]

Tile Set Made in Portugal

On March 21, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal, circa mid to late 1800’s Four satiny glaze colors make up a repeating pattern that can be laid out in a number of ways as shown.  The tiles have a smooth surface with brown, light mauve and medium blue against off white. 5  5/8″ sq x 3/8″ thick Good condition; chips and […]

Antique 4-Tile Set/Portugal

On March 21, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal, Circa late 1700’s to early 1800’s These tiles are very, very old and were acquired by Norman Karlson on a trip to Portugal.  Leaf motif was done in shades of blue against off white have a matte finish.   The distress is evident, but not unusual for tiles over 200 years old. […]

Stove Tile-Winkle Terra Cotta Co.

On February 19, 2015, in American Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Winkle Terra Cotta Co., St. Louis, MO  1883-1943 This old ceramic stove tile comes from Norman Karlson’s collection and has a deeply-molded portrait of a Victorian woman.  It has bright, glossy glazing and fine details.  The ‘notch’ on the left side was made before it was fired in the kiln. 8″ wide x 1  3/4″ […]

Antique Tiles from Portugal

On January 29, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal, circa late 1800’s-early 1900’s We only have 4 pcs of this floral tile and will sell them individually or as a set.  Central flower is set upon an intertwined leaf motif; tile has a smooth, satiny finish.  (#1830B) 5  1/2″ sq x 3/8″ thick Good condition for tiles from this era; some […]

4-Tile Portuguese Panel

On January 17, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Portugal, circa 1800 Antique tile set has a free-style hand painted leaf motif with shades of blue against off white.  The smooth surface has a satiny finish.   We have a total of 13 individual tiles. 10  1/2″ sq x 5/8″ thick Good condition for its age Qty = 3 sets $240 set […]

Antique Tile Set from Spain

On January 9, 2015, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Spain, circa 17th century Wonderful 4-tile set has multiple glaze colors with a 3-dimensional floral motif.  From the collection of Norman Karlson, tile expert, who traveled all over the world searching for interesting antique tiles.   Because of its age, it is distressed, but in a pleasing way!  Each tile measures 5×5″. Good […]