Spanish Tile by M. Ramos Rejano

On July 15, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Manuel Ramos Rejano, Seville, Spain    late 1800’s – mid 1900’s Bright blue and white glazes cover this vintage Spanish tile.   Raised lines separate the colors and create the floral, Moorish-influenced pattern.  The tiles from this company decorate many buildings around the world. 10  3/4″ long x 5  1/2″ wide x 1/2″ thick Very […]

Malibu Fountain Frog Arts & Crafts

On July 15, 2017, in Miscellaneous Items, Pottery, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Very special and rare vintage fountain frog with exceptional glazing.   The sought-after matte green is thick and gloppy; black covers his eyes, and paler green on the underside.   The frog is resting on a lily pad and the opening thru its mouth goes thru to the bottom for […]

Harding Black Hand-Thrown Urn

On July 13, 2017, in Pottery, by nancy

Harding Black, San Antonio, TX   c.1940-1990 Vintage lidded urn is dated 1969 and has shades of blue that blend into black towards the footed bottom.     Has a satiny finish and made with heavy red clay. 8  1/2″ tall Excellent condition; signed Qty = 1 $325  

S & S Vintage Fountain Spitter

On July 12, 2017, in California Tiles, Pottery, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel (S & S), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 The outstanding workmanship by S&S is clearly visible on this vintage ceramic fountain spitter.  A very 3-dimensional man’s face is covered with glossy turquoise glazing with clay showing thru to highlight the details.   Hard to get the color right in the photos, but it […]

Lamosa Framed Tile with Dancing Couple

On July 12, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Lamosa Ladrillera, Monterrey, Mexico    circa 1940’s   The tile features two wonderful dancers on a patio with a hanging light in the background.  It looks like a combination of at least ten different colored glazes, both matte and satiny.  The piece is very detailed using the cuerda seca or dry line method.  The back […]

Whimsical Sign with Broken Tiles

On July 8, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

One of our talented customers created this sign from batches of our broken/chipped tiles, both new and old.  

Vintage and New Tile Bathroom Install

On July 8, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Creative bathroom installation uses both new and old tile.  Click on photo below for a larger view.  

Contemporary Tile Installations

On July 8, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

These fireplaces were made using our contemporary field tiles, combined with scenic tiles, both vintage and new.  

Malibu Tile Bathroom Install

On July 7, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Beautiful installation by one of our designer customers.  

Benches made with Antique Spanish Tiles

On July 7, 2017, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

A couple of our clients shared their installations made with Spanish tile purchased at Wells Antiques!  

Fountain and Wall Installations

On July 7, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Creative use of individual tiles in wall and fountain installations from one of our customers.  

California Tile Installations

On July 7, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

One of our customers used a mix of many California tile makers, creating eclectic and very unique installations.  Includes Taylor, D&M, Hispano-Moresque, Tudor.    

Batchelder Fireplace Surround

On July 7, 2017, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Fireplace surround using Batchelder, Claycraft and Calco tiles.   Beautiful!  Click on the photo below to see the entire installation.  

Ephraim Bat Tiles

On July 6, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Ephraim Pottery, Lake Mills, WI     1996 – present Ephraim Pottery is the modern version of the traditional artisan guild with roots in the American Arts & Crafts revival movement.   Here for sale are a few of their well-known bat tiles.  Excellent workmanship with raised lines creating the 3-dimensional bats.  Matte glazing. 5″ […]

Glass Tile/Comtemporary

On July 5, 2017, in Miscellaneous Items, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Novodecor Glass Tile, Spain We have large quantities of these great-looking and well-made contemporary glass tiles.    They come in boxes of 20 pcs, but we will work with you and break up a box to sell you the quantity you need.  There are six colors, mostly matte and one glossy black.  Colors listed below […]

Tile Installations

On July 5, 2017, in American Tiles, California Tiles, by nancy

Sharing some photos sent to us from customers after their installations.    

Bisque California Faience Vases

On July 5, 2017, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Here are two small unglazed (bisque) vintage vases made by California Faience.   One was made with reddish clay and has a classic shape with a straight lip.  The smaller one is acorn shaped with deeper brown clay, also with a straight lip.   Contact us for more photos if […]

Duck Tile-Vintage Gladding McBean

On July 5, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Gladding McBean/Hermosa, Los Angeles, CA   1937-1962 Adorable duck is wandering thru the tall grass on this self-framed, vintage tile.  Satiny and matte glazes are white, shades of blue, green, gray and yellow. 4 1/4″ sq x 3/8″ thick Great condition; minor edge chips.   Signed, never set. Qty = 1 $150  

Muresque 3″ Scenic Tiles

On June 1, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 These little gems have 3-dimensional scenic images of trees, lakes and one with a garden wall.   Matte glazing and self framed.  Add to any installation. 3″ sq x 5/8″ thick Very good condition; never set.  2 are signed Qty = as shown $165 each  

Rossman Decorated Tiles

On May 30, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Rossman, New York, NY  1908-1930 Hard to find vintage Rossman tiles have raised lines creating the patterns and separating the glazes.  Vivid matte glaze colors.  We also have 2 unglazed (bisque) tiles.   If interested, contact us for photos and info. 4 1/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set. Qty = 1 of […]

Antique Grueby 3″ Tiles

On May 27, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Grueby, So. Boston, MA  1894-1919 Use these awesome tiles to enhance any installation.   Mix and match with other Grueby tiles.  Matte glaze colors with raised floral-like motif. 3″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = 40 pcs $80 each  

Muresque Desert Scenes

On May 24, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Vintage relief tiles each depict a Southwest desert scene with rock formations and cacti.  Vivid matte glaze colors; self framed.   Pair can be used in a fireplace surround or individually framed.   Sold separately. 8″ tall x 4″ wide x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; signed, never set.  Small […]

Scenic Harding Black Tile

On May 24, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Harding Black, San Antonio, TX  1940-1990 This vintage tile depicts a Mexican pottery maker attending to her/his wares.   Brightly colored glazes have a satiny finish.  Harding Black’s work has been exhibited nationwide and he published articles on his vast library of glazes in Ceramics Monthly from 1953-1964.   Stamp on back is hard to […]

Harding Black Decorated Tile

On May 24, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Harding Black, San Antonio, TX  1940-1990 Mr. Black’s tiles depicted daily life among Mexican people.   Most of his tile work was done in the 1940’s before his focus turned to producing amazing glazes on pottery.   The images were glazed within incised lines and his tiles were usually self framed.   There is a […]

Grueby Antique Flower Tile

On May 24, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Grueby Pottery, So. Boston, MA  1894-1919 This chunky antique tile features a pretty floral motif, slightly raised from the surface of the tile.  Matte brown glaze goes well with our Grueby field tiles (listed separately).   See incised catalog number:  4119. 4″ sq x 3/4″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = 1 $250