Malibu Saracen Plates

On March 30, 2017, in California Tiles, Pottery, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA   1926-1932 The work of Malibu Potteries is among the most beautiful, finely detailed, and well executed.  The ceramic art of the Saracens, mostly abstract and geometric, had been influential to the tiles makers of old.   Both of these magnificent plates are representative of this style, with raised lines (cuenca) […]

Malibu Multi-Colored Tile

On March 30, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 A beautiful floral motif is featured on this vintage Malibu tile.  Has lots of glaze colors mainly glossy with a little matte for contrast, and a pattern that can stand alone. 5  3/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick Very good condition; teeny edge chips.  Some clay missing on the back. Qty […]

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 […]

Brayton Tile-Man Walking Dog

On March 30, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Brayton Laguna Pottery, Laguna Beach, CA  1927-1968 From Brayton’s earlier days comes this vintage tile trivet with comical image of a man with his dog on a leash.   Raised lines separate the glaze colors and form the design.    There is a firing line from the kiln-bottom edge up to elbow of man. 6 […]

Early Brayton Ash Tray

On March 30, 2017, in Pottery, by nancy

Braxton Laguna Pottery, Laguna Beach, CA  1927-1968 Small ash tray has been hand formed and has glossy turquoise glazing.  A little gem for Brayton collectors! 4″ wide Great condition; signed Qty = 1 $185  

Pewabic Early Plate

On March 29, 2017, in Pottery, by nancy

Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI  1903-present Iridescent gold glaze covers this small plate from Pewabic.   This is one of their early, hand-made pieces.  Makes a wonderful gift for any collector! 5  1/2″ wide Excellent condition; signed Qty = 1 $350  

Malibu Glazed Tile

On March 25, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 We’ve had tiles with this pattern before but only the recessed area was glazed.  This vintage Malibu tile has a high gloss finish over the red clay as well as the recessed pattern with cobalt glaze. 3  3/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick Great condition; small edge chip/wear Qty = 1 […]

Vintage Tile Trivet with Moorish Star

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

Mosaic Tile Company, Zanesville, OH  1894-1972 Vintage Mosaic (MTC) tile has an interlocking geometric pattern known as Moorish star.   This is a transfer or decal set onto the clay.  Tile has a smooth, glossy surface with 4 feet on the back.  We also have a smaller tile like this, listed separately. 6″ sq x […]

Moorish Star on Vintage Tile

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

Mosaic Tile Co., Zanesville, OH  1894-1972 This is a decal or transfer tile with a Moorish star pattern in dark colors.    The popular pattern was used by many tile makers. 4  1/4″ sq x 5/8″ thick Great condition; signed, never set Qty = 2 pcs $45 each  

GMB 2-Tile Floral

On March 22, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Gladding McBean, Los Angeles, CA  1890-present This circa 1960’s set of 2 6×6″tiles has lovely pastel glaze colors with matte and glossy finishes.   Use as a focal point in any installation.  The date on the back of one tile is not when this was made; perhaps it’s the date the tiles were acquired by […]

Harding Black Large Ashtray

On March 17, 2017, in Pottery, by nancy

Harding Black, San Antonio, TX   circa 1940-1990 Shades of purple and green are predominant in the mottled glazing on this vintage ashtray.    Artist signed and dated 1962.  Harding Black was a skilled ceramist, but his true passion lay in glaze research.   He was known as the “Dean of Texas Ceramics.” 8  1/2″ […]

Moravian Vintage Tile-Man Picking Apples

On March 15, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, PA  1898-present A man is filling his basket with apples on this vintage tile from Moravian.   It’s one of the early figure tiles representing seasonal activities.  This line is very charming and collectible.   See our other figures. 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set […]

Moravian Vintage Tile-Man Cutting Tree

On March 15, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, PA  1898-present Charming vintage tile shows a man about to chop a tree.    This is one of Moravian’s early figure tiles.  Has glossy glazes, except for his face, arm and hands.   Collect them all! 4  1/4″ x 4″ x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set. Qty = […]

Moravian Vintage Tile-Man Picking Grapes

On March 15, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, PA  1898-present Here is an early tile from Moravian’s series on figures.  A man is depicted picking grapes.  Very 3 dimensional and has glossy glazes. 4  1/4″ x 4″ x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; minor bottom edge chips.   Never set. Qty = 1 $99  

Moravian Vintage Flower Tiles

On March 15, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, PA  1898-present Here is a sampling of vintage tiles from Moravian, possibly from the Brocade line.   All are adorable and very collectible.   A few have bottom edge chips – shown in photos. 2″ x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; never set Qty = as shown $25 each […]

Moorish Star Tile by S & S

On March 15, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel (S & S), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 This pattern has been around for centuries and was incorporated into tile by many tile makers.  Raised lines create the Moorish Star and separate the satiny glaze colors.  The glaze pops and rustic patina add character and appeal. 5″ sq x 5/8″ thick Very good […]

Batchelder Glazed Tile Set

On March 15, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1932 Vintage tile set has a Spanish-influenced cuenca pattern and five matte glaze colors.   Can be laid out in a number of ways, even horiztonal.   Perfect for a central focus in a back splash or other installation. each tile = 5  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Very good condition; […]

Batchelder Lion Tile

On March 11, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Batchelder, Los Angeles, CA  1902-1932 Vintage tile depicts a lion and is referred to as depression or recessed glazed, as the colored glazing is applied only in the recessed areas.   It is self framed and very collectible. 4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = 1 $150  

Malibu Polychrome Floral Tile

On March 11, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 This is an amazing vintage art tile from the famous Malibu Potteries.   Glaze master Rufus Keeler started the pottery with May Knight Rindge, whose dream was to make the world’s most beautiful tile.    Matte glazes cover the artistically-designed floral motif.  Self framed. 5  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick […]

Large Grueby Architectural Tile

On March 10, 2017, in American Tiles, by nancy

Grueby, So. Boston, MA  1894-1919 Here is an exceptional antique panel with children next to an oversized fruit bowl.   It is very three dimensional and has matte glazing.   There are factory-drilled holes on the top and bottom for installation purposes.    This would made an amazing statement in any environment.   Use for […]

Brayton Laguna Scalloped Bowls

On March 7, 2017, in Pottery, by nancy

Brayton Laguna Pottery, Laguna Beach, CA  1927-1968 This vintage bowl has a scalloped edge and glossy glazing.  We also have one in maroon and a slightly larger one in yellow. 9  1/2″ wide x 3″ tall Great condition; signed Qty = 1 each color $350 green or maroon $395 yellow  

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 […]

Claycraft Floral Border Tiles

On February 11, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Here is a pretty border tile with raised lines creating the repeating floral motif and separating the multiple glaze colors.    We have a small amount that could be used to enhance any installation. 3  3/4″ x 1  3/4″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition Qty = 13 $40 for […]

Push Button Light Switch Plates

On February 10, 2017, in American Tiles, Miscellaneous Items, by nancy

Unknown Tile Maker, circa 1920-1940 We have a small variety of unglazed ceramic (bisque) plates to cover the old-style push button light fixtures.   The holes for the buttons are 1/2″, plus there are factory-drilled holes for the screws.   There are 4 patterns made with tan clay; 2 patterns with white/porcelain clay. 6″ tall […]

Malibu Arts & Crafts Vintage Tile

On February 10, 2017, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Here is an exceptional vintage tile with Arts & Crafts styling and multiple matte glazes.  There is a small central flower surrounded by a series of circles; corners are decorated. 3  3/4″ sq x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set.   Small chip on backside corner. Qty = 1 $400 […]