Spanish Patio Scene by Claycraft

On March 30, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Large vintage relief tile depicts a courtyard or patio of a Spanish style building.  Has many artistic and creative details, such as the animal face spitter on the side of the fountain.  Notice the design of the large door and details in the shadows of the arches.   Excellent […]

Taylor 4-Tile Floral Panel

On February 16, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Taylor Tile Company, Los Angeles, CA  1934-1938 This vintage 4-tile floral panel was made by Taylor and previously set into a tile table.   There are 5 mainly glossy glaze colors on a smooth surface.  There are some scratches that we frequently on the black glaze.  Can be reset into a table, set into a […]

Large Muresque Spanish Courtyard

On January 24, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 This scenic ceramic tile is like a painting full of detailed images.   The courtyard pavers are different shapes and sizes, the tile roof is outlined, archways on the old Spanish-style building appear distressed, and the tree in the foreground is nicely portrayed.  Many matte glazes were used; however the […]

Muresque Floral/Butterfly Tile Vintage

On January 24, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Artistically designed and deeply molded, this spectacular vintage tile is a great example of the work done by Muresque.   The tall flowering plant has 3 butterflies within the design.  Matte glazes are blue, green and purple against the dusty beige/tan.  Self framed and never set. 17  1/4″ tall x […]

Claycraft Spanish Galleon Panel

On January 3, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 A majestic sailing ship is depicted on this vintage Claycraft tile panel.   Tiles have a bright glazed finish with raised lines separating the multiple colors.    This wonderful panel can be part of a larger installation, can be set and framed etc. 17  1/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick […]

Claycraft Covered Wagon Tile

On December 27, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 An image from the Wild West is depicted on this large vintage relief tile.  Six oxen are pulling the covered wagon through the desert.   There are mountains in the background with desert cacti and rocks in the foreground.   Lots of details and self framed.   We believe […]

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 […]

Malibu Large Scenic Tile with Parrots/Dragons

On November 11, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, MalibuCA  1926-1932 How does one begin to describe this amazing vintage tile?  A pair of parrots are perched on a never-ending vine intertwined with dragons.  The tile is deeply molded and has matte polychrome glazing.   The artistic tiles from this company are all the result of Rufus Keeler, a remarkable chemist and […]

CALCO Flower Pots & Vines Tile

On November 4, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

California Clay Products, So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 This elegant floral relief tile depicts two flower pots with overflowing vines.   Look at the details on the borders as well.   Just absolutely an artistic and well-made vintage tile.   Rufus Keeler was the creative genius at CALCO, before he moved on to work at Malibu […]

Rookwood Faience Peacock Tile

On October 25, 2016, in American Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Rookwood Pottery, Cincinnati, OH  1880-1965 This award-winning tile and pottery maker began producing architectural tiles in 1902 and continued into the 1940’s.   This is an amazing example of one of their architectural relief tiles.    The matte glazing is thick and has a curdled-like appearance on the finely detailed, 3-dimensional surface.  Colors are dark […]

Batchelder Pasadena Corbels

On October 21, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 From Batchelder’s early years comes this set of antique corbels.  Cherubs on each corbel appear to be holding up the fireplace mantel that they would be supporting.   Wonderful details and  matte glazing.  Sold as a pair. 9″ tall x 4″ wide x 3″ deep Great condition; signed Qty = […]

Owens Framed Arts & Crafts Stag Tile

On October 13, 2016, in American Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

J. B. Owens, Janesville, OH  1891-1907 Here is a remarkable large antique tile in a well-crafted wood frame.   Artistically designed scene includes a leaping male deer or stag in a wooded setting.  There are wonderful matte glazes separated by raised lines.   Set in an Arts & Crafts wood frame with pegged corners. 22 […]

Batchelder Fireplace Mantels

On October 11, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 We have 4 different vintage Batchelder mantels for sale.   It’s not possible to show the complete sets as we are limited by the amount and size of the photos.  Here are some images and we will be glad to assist anyone interested in a mantel.   Sets have either […]

Claycraft Vintage Parrot Tile

On January 30, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 This vintage tile with bright glaze colors was made using the cuenca or raised-line method.   It has a wonderfully-detailed image of a parrot on a flowering branch with 7 glossy glazes.  The last photo is a page from “California Tile – The Golden Era.” 12″ x 12″ x […]

Claycraft History & Photos

On January 21, 2016, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA   1921-1939 The history of Claycraft begins in 1921 with a group of investors, including two former principals of the Los Angeles Pressed Brick Company.  The body of work at Claycraft can be largely credited to the skill of the two Robertsons, Fred and George, father and son, whose family […]

Cal Art Tile with Country Scene

On August 5, 2015, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

California Art Tile Company, Richmond, CA  1922-1956 Vintage tile has an idyllic scene of a bridge over a river with a thatched-roof cottage and trees in the background.  There are so many wonderful details and the self-framed tile has dark, satiny glazes.    This can stand alone as a piece of art, can be framed […]

Floral Panel from California Art Tile Co.

On July 29, 2015, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

California Art Tile Co., Richmond, CA  1922-1956 Here is an exceptional thick tile panel with a floral motif.   Notice the detailed border, trailing vines and butterflies.   Matte glazing in tan and brown.   A fine tile to enhance any installation; or it can be set into a frame and hung as art.  We […]

Polia Pillin Plaques/Paintings

On June 27, 2015, in Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Polia Pillin, Los Angeles, CA  1948-1992 Shown here are some of our Polia Pillin framed original paintings and large ceramic plaque.  She perfected the watercolor wash technique in addition to her many talents.    Contact for details or more photos if interested. 24″ – 26″ Excellent condition; signed Qty = 1 each $3500 – $9000 […]

Claycraft Spanish Revival Scenic Tile

On April 11, 2015, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 This spectacular scene is a depiction of a Spanish courtyard.   Like a fine painting, this can be framed and hung as art with its richly-detailed representation of life in Spanish colonial times.   There are several matte glaze colors and the tile is self framed and signed on […]

Tall Batchelder Tile Panels

On March 6, 2015, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 These stunning decorative panels can be used as is and hung as art, or set into a fireplace surround.    There is  matte glazing and intricate details, some with leaves and vines and one with a potted plant.  Hooks were attached to the backs. 24″ tall x 4″ wide x […]

Claycraft Scenic Wall Plaque

On December 27, 2014, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 This well-known Los Angeles tile maker consistently produced tiles with technical quality and artistic design.  Here is a scenic wall plaque or architectural panel, depicting  an arched gate to a tiled patio, complete with large pot and flowering vegetation.  Handsome, 3-dimensional details surround the scene, and there is matte […]

Iron-Framed Tile/Viking Ship

On October 2, 2014, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Made in California This contemporary tile depicts an old Viking ship on the open seas.   Excellent workmanship with many details went into this fine tile.    The iron work is very creative with 3-dimensional dragons at the top.   Matte and glossy glazes. 17″ x 12″ x 3/4″ thick Excellent condition Qty = 1 […]

Gladding McBean Vintage Ship Scene

On August 27, 2014, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Gladding McBean, Los Angeles, CA   1890-present Four-tile scenic GMB panel depicts a majestic ship on the open seas.   It has a smooth surface with six glossy glaze colors and many fine details.   We date this between 1920-1930’s.  These are 6″ tiles set into a wood frame and ready to hang. 14″ sq […]

Batchelder Knight Tiles

On February 20, 2014, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 A knight with armor on horseback is shown on each of these very well-made vintage tiles.   Even the horses are decorated, and castles can be seen in the background.   Matte blue glazing highlights some of the details. Perfect for fireplace installation or framed in wood or iron.   […]

Claycraft Mission Tile

On February 19, 2014, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Known for their excellent craftsmanship in tile making, Claycraft tiles are full of minute details.  This pair of vintage tiles feature a Spanish mission with a yucca plant in the foreground.   Deep glazes have a matte finish.   This pair would compliment a fireplace or other installation.   […]