Mayan Tile from Claycraft

On February 14, 2014, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Here is a colorful relief tile depicting a Mayan image.  Lots of details, matte glazes and self framed.   Display as is or install, frame, or use as a focal point in a fireplace or other installation. 14″ x 10″ x 1  1/4″ thick Great condition Qty = 1 […]

Claycraft Vintage Pine Tree Tile

On February 14, 2014, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA   1921-1939 Claycraft is known for their spectacular scenic tiles, usually depicting images of California.  This tile has two pine trees by the side of road in the mountains.  There’s a lake in the background and a stone wall in the foreground.   It has the dusty, muted glazes that […]

Muresque Sequoia Tree Tile

On April 25, 2013, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Amazing vintage tile depicts the famous giant sequoia tree with a road cut thru it.   The self-framed tile is very three dimensional with dusty matte glazes in natural colors.   Can be used for fireplace installation, framed in wood or iron, or displayed as is in a tile stand. […]

Catalina Macaw Tile Panel

On April 23, 2013, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Catalina Island Pottery, Avalon, CA  1927-1939 William Wrigley Jr. purchased Santa Catalina island in 1919 and discovered clay suitable for use in ceramics on the island.  At first the pottery made bricks, pavers and roof tiles but in the late 1920’s they began to produce decorative glazed tile with bright, stylized Moorish designs, tile panels […]

CALCO Mission Tile Pair

On April 5, 2013, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

CALCO (California Clay Products), So. Gate, CA  1923-1932 This pair of  vintage scenic tiles are spectacular and make an awesome set.  The origin of the Calco pottery is mainly the story of one remarkable ceramist and tile maker, Rufus Keeler.  He especially liked creating new glazes, rich and brilliant colors and he was deeply concerned […]

Claycraft Single Sconces

On December 19, 2012, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angles, CA  1921-1939 Here is a fabulous pair of mission relief wall sconces by Claycraft.    Framed by tall pillars and topped with decorative scroll work, the Spanish style mission is full of details and fine workmanship.  Multi matte glazes add to the appeal.    Sold individually. 15″ x 6″ x 2 […]

Claycraft Vintage Wall Sconces

On December 19, 2012, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Just in!   We are thrilled to offer these wonderful Claycraft sconces for sale.  One depicts a cottage scene, a mission on another and a Spanish home on the single sconce.   Claycraft Potteries ranks among the premier tile manufacturers of the Golden Era.  Their artistic images, their superb […]

Batchelder Large Vintage Panel

On November 23, 2012, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 We are excited to offer this majestic, museum-quality panel with great Arts & Crafts styling and wonderful subject matter.  The best we’ve ever had!    Words cannot describe these large vintage tiles so we’ll be glad to talk to anyone interested in these beauties.    More photos and info available […]

California Scenic Tiles

On November 21, 2012, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

These photos contain wonderful scenic tiles in our display case from some of the best tile makers of the Golden Age:  Batchelder, Cal Art, Claycraft, Muresque, Handcraft, Alhambra Kilns.   Contact us for individual photos, sizes and prices as many of these tiles will not have an individual listing.  

Claycraft English Village Panel

On November 6, 2012, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 This amazing 3-tile panel depicts a wonderful English village with thatch-roofed cottages and lots of lovely details.  This is a perfect example of Claycraft’s fine workmanship and attention to detail.  The blues and greens pop out against the natural colors of the  matte glazes.  Whether framed or installed in […]

Muresque Vintage Waterfall Tile

On November 6, 2012, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Incredible workmanship is evident on this beautiful scenic tile from Muresque.  This 3-dimensional tile has six matte glazes, all bright and crisp, and wonderful detailing, such as the rocks in the water and the logs in the foreground.   This tiles comes form the estate of the Muir family, the […]

Santa Monica Brick Iris Tile Panel

On March 14, 2012, in Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Santa Monica Brick Company, Santa Monica, CA  1923-1940 A floral motif of irises decorates this vintage 12-tile panel from Santa Monica Brick.   Soft, matte pastel glaze colors are pretty against the creamy off-white background.    Use your imagination to create an installation for this lovely panel, either indoors or out. 17″ x 12  3/4″ […]

Cal Art Tile Framed Floral

On December 24, 2011, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

California Art Tile Co., Richmond, CA  1922-1956 Collectors love the distinctive glazes, skilled execution and wide variety of subjects of Cal Art tiles.  This vintage relief tile with polychrome glazes has a  lovely floral motif surrounded by a scrolled border.   Nicely framed in contemporary, hand made wrought iron and ready to hang.  We also […]

Portuguese Baroque-Style Tile Panel

Made in Portugal, latter 18th century Since the Portuguese government restricted the export of antique tile, opportunities to own amazing panels like this are fast disappearing. This thirty-tile, blue and white, hand painted majolica set is over 250 years old.  These types of tiles are called “azulejos pombalinos” and refer to the Portuguese prime minister […]

Claycraft Iron-Framed Mission Scene

On November 19, 2011, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Claycraft, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Wonderful antique Claycraft scenic 8″ x 12″ tile with new iron frame.  The scene is an old Spanish mission with very soft matte colors and lots of great 3-dimensional details.  In addition to the cactus in the garden and trees in the background, notice all the vegetation, including a flowering […]

Large Iron-Framed Malibu Tile

On May 28, 2011, in Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA   1926-1932 This is a fantastic arrangement of Malibu Potteries tiles, done with real artistic flair and taste.  The center tile, measuring 11  1/4″ square,  is illustrated as #C39  in a period catalog and depicts a figure dressed in folkloric robes flanked by tall, exotic plants (possible flowering agave). The red […]

AET Panel-Woman with Dog

American Encaustic Tiling Co., Zanesville, OH  1875-1935 Remarkable vintage panel by AET consisting of six 6×6 tiles.  There are so many wonderful details to catch the eye, especially the overall design where one is viewing the outdoor scene thru an archway.  The female figure, sitting on a rock among the trees, is lovingly petting the […]

D & M 4-Tile Floral Set

On May 12, 2011, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

D & M Tile Company, Los Angeles, CA  1928-1939 Beautiful multi-colored 4-tile panel has five glaze colors with a semi-gloss finish.  A variety of flowers and leaves are framed nicely by the orange and black border.   Among the hundreds of installations, their tiles were used at The Mission Inn in Riverside, Scotty’s Castle in […]

Batchelder Large Landscape Scenic Tile

On April 23, 2011, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA   1909-1932 Here is an excellent example of the work done by Batchelder.   This wonderful scenic tile has an idyllic landscape setting with rolling hills, shrubs, rocks and trees in the foreground.  Great 3-dimensional detailing combined with their earthy matte glazes, make this tile perfect for framing or fireplace installation. […]

Lamosa Scenic Tile/Framed

On April 21, 2011, in Foreign Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Lamosa Ladrillera, Monterrey, Mexico     Circa 1940’s Delightful vintage Lamosa tile in a round 8×8 format.  The tile is really well made using 10 high-glazed colors with great separation.  The scene is a Mexican man taking a siesta beside a cactus. His clay pot has the name Ramone on it.  The contemporary, hand-hammered, iron […]

Pewabic Panel

On April 16, 2011, in American Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI  1903-present This is a unique use of tile, all Pewabic field tiles plus three 2″ inserts, making up this attractive vintage panel.  From a distance, the gold and green appear to be individual tiles, but are in fact border tiles.  There is a combination of matte and glossy finishes.  The tiles […]

Malibu Peacock Tiles

On April 2, 2011, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 These are gorgeous, high-relief tiles depicting a classic Malibu design – a graceful, finely detailed peacock posed on an ornate perch.  The thick, creamy matte turquoise and lapis glazes, the ribbed, textured stone-colored background, and the rich, bronze-brown accents combine to create a special tile that is evocative of a […]

Walrich Ship Plaque

On March 25, 2011, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Walrich Pottery, Berkeley, CA  1922-1930 Extremely rare and exceptional vintage signed tile plaque from Walrich.  With a terrific 3-dimensional feel, this plaque combines a ship on the ocean with a mission bell, both popular motifs from Walrich.  Polychrome glaze has both matte and glossy finishes.  This is the largest Walrich tile we have ever seen. […]

Claycraft Lion Shield

On January 29, 2011, in Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

  Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA 1921-1939 Magnificent signed antique shield from Claycraft.  The high-glazed black lion really stands out against the semi-gloss orange and turquoise glazes.  Nicely detailed and raised lines separate the glaze colors.  Medium brown glaze surrounds the edges, giving the appearance of wood. 12″ square x 1″ thick Excellent condition Qty = […]