Tropico Field Tile Alligator Pattern

On October 18, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Tropico Potteries, Glendale, CA  1920-1923 We have a limited number of this field tile pattern ranging from creamy beige to dark tan.  All have matte finish and come in handy for anyone needing to replace damaged tiles from a fireplace or hearth.  Sold separately. 4  1/4″ x 4  1/4″ x 1/2″ thick Condition varies per […]

Antique Blue/White Mexican Tiles

On October 17, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Made in Mexico, circa late 1800’s-to early 1900’s These Mexican tiles are very old and have been painted by hand using blue and off white glazes.   Star pattern with simply-decorated corners.   Beveled edges.   Norman Karlson had a love of  antique tile and purchased pieces from all over the world.    Sadly, he […]

Westraven Holland Windmill Tile Cloisonne

On October 17, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Westraven, Utrecht, Holland   Mid 1900’s ? Delft cloisonne tile has raised lines creating the images and separating the glossy glazes.   There are seven colors and nice details.   Factory-made openings for hanging. 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″ thick Great condition Qty = 1 $95    

Set of 4 Antique Spanish Scenic Tiles

On October 17, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Ramos Rejano, Sevilla, Spain late 1800’s-mid 1900’s Adorable tiles each depict a hand-painted scene with bright satiny glaze colors.   Display as is, frame them or use as a focal point in any installation. 2  3/4″ x 2  3/4″  x 3/8″ thick Good condition; never set.   Small edge chips Qty = 1 set of […]

Desert Cactus Tiles by Claycraft

On October 10, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Claycraft Potteries, Los Angeles, CA  1921-1939 Vintage relief tiles by Claycraft depict a cactus in a desert setting.  Matte glazes are mostly muted colors.   Self framed.   Sold separately.  Last photo was taken from Norman Karlson’s Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Region 6, page 153. 7  3/4″ x 3  3/4″ x 1/2″ thick Great […]

Vintage Chinese Vents

On September 28, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Ceramic ventilator or grill tiles were originally designed for the exchange of air or heat, but can be used as wall decorations.  We currently have 3 sizes; 1 in matte dark green and the others in glossy green.  The floral motif is on both sides and there are factory-made holes, which can be used to […]

Matt Carlton Fan Vases Bauer

On September 25, 2018, in Pottery, by nancy

Bauer Pottery, Los Angeles, CA  1909-1962 Our assortment of vintage Bauer fan vases in a variety of glazes.  Most have ribs.  Black and white are the most rare of colors.  Bauer collectors will be familiar with Matt Carlton’s orange glaze as these photos do not portray it accurately. 5  3/4″ to 6″ tall Great condition; […]

Mid-Century Patterns on Large Tiles

On September 15, 2018, in American Tiles, Mid-Century/Modern, by nancy

Made by different tile makers, circa 1960-1970’s We have a small collection of 12″ wall or floor tiles.   The best use of these would be as a focal point in any installation.  Can be used on patios, as a garden pathway, behind a stove etc. 11  13/4″ x 11  3/4″ x 1/2″ thick Great […]

Duck Tile by Muresque

On September 7, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Three-dimensional vintage tile features a duck set on the diagonal.   Tile is self framed and notice the cat o nine tail in the background.  Matte glazing with touches of teal in the recessed areas.  We have a few others with glaze variations.  If interested in more than this tile […]

Subway Tiles Mottled Orange

On September 6, 2018, in American Tiles, by nancy

Unknown Tile Maker, circa 1940-1950 Mottled glazing covers these vintage subway tiles made with red clay.   Orange glaze with brown has a textured, satiny finish.   Tiles have notched edges for ease in spacing; never used.   Will sell in any quantity. 6″ x 3″ x 3/8″ thick Great condition Qty = 140 $10 […]

Medmenham Antique Tiles England

On August 15, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Medmenham Tile, Buckinghamshire, England 1898-1906 Simple yet elegant raised-line design can work in many environments.   These can be laid out horizontally or in groups of 4 etc.  Or just use 4 as a focal point in an installation.  We acquired a large quantity of these 100+ year old tiles that have never been set. […]

Muresque Rabbit Tile

On August 4, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Rabbits were a popular subject with tile makers.   Here is one of Muresque’s versions (we have a different one also listed).  Placed on the diagonal, the rabbit or hare is seemingly relaxing in the tall grass.  Medium blue matte glaze in the recessed areas.  Very three dimensional and has […]

Cement Floor Tiles

On July 28, 2018, in American Tiles, by nancy

Unknown Tile Maker, circa 1920-1940 We have quantities of these salvaged vintage cement tiles in 3 patterns.    Great for floors as they are heavy duty.   We will sell in any number.  Can be mixed or matched to create an interesting patio, entry way, garden path etc. 8″ x 8″ x 1″ thick Very […]

Cal Art Spanish Courtyard Tile

On July 28, 2018, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

California Art Tile Company, Richmond, CA   1920’s to 1960 Entitled “A Night in Spain,” this vintage tile has many wonderful features.  Portrays a finely-dressed couple standing near a fountain in a Spanish mission or courtyard.   Notice the crescent moon, individual adobe bricks, a red clay pot etc.   Great workmanship.  Tile is self […]

Ceramic Bears by Mosaic Tile Company MTC

On July 27, 2018, in Miscellaneous Items, Pottery, by nancy

Mosaic Tile Company, Zanesville, OH  1894-1972 Vintage ceramic bears, one glazed, one bisque.    Nice detailing and signed. 10″ x 6″ x 4″ Great condition; signed Qty = 1 each $275 = Black $200 = White  

Malibu Vintage Tea Tiles

On July 25, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Here are 4 lovely and special tea tiles by Malibu.     All sides are glazed and the tops are decorated with floral motifs. 6 1/2″ to 7 1/2″ wide Very good condition; varies per tile.   Some minor edge wear/surface marks on black glaze. Qty = as shown $400 […]

Mexican/Portuguese Tile Fountain

On July 18, 2018, in Customer Photos, Fountains, by nancy

This installation is made up of a combination of Mexican tiles and Portuguese tiles.  The 2 different blue and white patterns works well together!  Click on photos below to enlarge.    

RARE Doorbell Tile by Hispano-Moresque

On July 17, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Hispano-Moresque, Los Angeles, CA  1927-1932 Here is a very unique vintage doorbell tile with multi-colored glazes bleeding into each other.   Smooth, glossy surface.   Some other uses for these tiles with central holes are:  stands or base for ladies’ mirrors, ceiling mounted with hanging light fixture, and perhaps used as fountain spitters.  Center hole […]

Classic Vase by California Faience

On July 12, 2018, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Glossy turquoise covers this vintage vase with classic oriental form.   It has a flared lip and tapered body.  Glaze coverage is thin in some areas, around the lip and near the bottom.  There are some reflections from overhead lighting in the photos. 8  1/4″ tall Excellent condition; signed Qty […]

Walrich Vintage Art Pottery

On July 11, 2018, in Pottery, by nancy

Walrich Pottery, Berkeley, CA  1922-1930 This short-lived pottery company made porcelain and earthenware pieces that are becoming harder to find.   This vintage vase has rich blue glossy glaze covering the sculpted floral/leaf pattern.   Glaze is thin in some areas accenting the low relief decorations.  Some thin glaze around the top rim also – […]

Rabbit Tile Vintage Muresque

On July 11, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 One expects quality products from this old art tile company.   This adorable rabbit tile definitely falls into that category.   The hare is sitting up with fence and hedges in the background.   Notice the colorful cobbled path.   Tile is self framed and can be displayed in a […]

Thatched Cottage Tile-Muresque

On July 11, 2018, in Miscellaneous Items, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Charming vintage tile is very 3 dimensional, which is hard to capture in a photo.   The tile has an idyllic country setting with purple mountains in the the background.   Nicely detailed art tile can be set in a fireplace surround or framed, etc. 8″ tall x 3  3/4″ […]

Muresque San Juis Rey Mission Tile

On July 11, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Muresque Tiles, Oakland, CA  1925-1934 Tall vintage tile depicts a portion of what appears to be the San Luis Rey Mission in Southern California.   Matte glazes are soft and muted and the background is recessed, making the mission three dimensional.   This can be framed in wood or iron, displayed as is in a […]

Lamosa 6-Tile Panel

On July 10, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Lamosa Ladrillera, Monterrey, Mexico Here is a charming depiction of a Mexican man waiting to sell his clay pots.   Very nicely detailed and multiple glaze colors, matte and glossy.    These tiles are 6″ x 6″ each and can be set indoors or out.   Not quite sure of its age. 18″ wide x […]

Malibu Galleon Tile Vintage

On July 10, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Multi-colored vintage tile depicts an old sailing ship or Spanish Galleon on the open seas.  Glossy glaze colors.   Is impressive as is, but imagine this set into a metal or wood frame.  Last photo shows a similar version of this tile in Norman Karlson’s Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, […]