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, […]

Art Glass Collection

On July 7, 2018, in Art Glass, Mid-Century/Modern, by nancy

Stunning collection of high-end, hand blown art glass.   Some of the artists/makers include Maurice Heaton, Higgins, Dan Bergsma, Hal David Berger, Lundberg Studios, Coreia Studio, Orient & Flume, Peet Robison. Contact us for individual photos and information.  

California Faience Tea Tiles

On July 6, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Stella Loveland Towne, a  ceramic artist, worked for Cal Faience in the 1920’s and although she designed many tiles, these fruit basket and flower basket tiles can definitely be attributed to her.   Glazed on all sides, these rounds are referred to as tea tiles.  Some are glossy, some are […]

Batchelder Fountain Installation

On July 4, 2018, in California Tiles, Customer Photos, by nancy

Our Batchelder glazed pastel tiles were used in this creative fountain, mixing old with new.  Click to open photo below for larger image.  

Mid-Century Back Splash

On July 4, 2018, in California Tiles, Customer Photos, by nancy

Pacific Tile & Porcelain, Los Angeles, CA  1936-1960 Here is a clever use of our PT&P modern tiles, highlighting a back splash.   We have more available, blue and white on pale gray, 6″x6″.  

D&M Arched Tile

On June 21, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

D&M (Davies & McDonald), Los Angeles, CA  1928-1939 We have 60 pcs of this vintage arched tile with repeating floral motif.   Can be used to create fountains, archways etc. Will sell in any quantity.   Black edges are rounded for a finished look.  Smooth surface has satiny finish.  Use your imagination with these great […]

Cottage Tiles by California Art Tile Co.

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

California Art Tile Company, Richmond, CA  1922-1956 We have acquired a large amount of these vintage Cal Art tiles depicting a cottage nestled in the trees.   These are brightly glazed with matte finish; not what we usually see from Cal Art.   Selling in any quantity. 3  3/4″ x 3  3/4″  x 1/2″ thick […]

Vintage GMB Heraldic Tiles

On June 6, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Gladding McBean, Los Angeles, CA  1890-present These chunky vintage tiles have recessed images of rampant lions, fleur de lis and crosses with glossy glazing.  These are larger than the others listed-see last photo for smaller tiles.   Sold separately in any quantity.  Some are signed. 4″  to  4  1/2″,  1″ thick Great condition Qty = […]

Batter Bowl by Garden City Pottery

On May 31, 2018, in Pottery, by nancy

Garden City Pottery, San Jose, CA  1902-1979 Vintage ribbed batter bowl has a spout for pouring and applied handle with ridges.  Nice deep green glaze applied by hand dipping, which results in a richer color. 8  1/2″ wide x 5″ tall Great condition; gently used Qty = 1 $160  

Vintage Ship Tile-Framed

On May 31, 2018, in American Tiles, by nancy

Unknown Tile Maker, circa 1920’s This very three-dimensional vintage tile depicts a sailing ship on the ocean.  Matte glazing in shades of blue appears to be thick and textured in some areas.   The work is reminiscent of Russell Crook.   The 6 1/2″ tile has rounded edges.   Wood frame is newer with nice […]

Victorian Border Tiles

On May 30, 2018, in American Tiles, by nancy

AET, Beaver Falls, Cambridge, Old Bridge, Trent These are just some of the old tile companies who made these antique border tiles.  Each one has a beauty of its own.  Unfortunately we do not have quantities of the patterns other than what is shown here.  Some of our customers get creative and combine several patterns […]

Malibu Border Tiles

On May 19, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Malibu Potteries, Malibu, CA  1926-1932 Here are some vintage Malibu border tiles with designs influenced by the ceramic art of the Saracens.   Tiles have a smooth surface and glossy glazes.    We have limited amounts of each. 4″ long x 2″ wide x 1/2″ thick Good condition; varies per tile $35 to $50 each […]

Antique Hand-Painted Tile – Mexico

On May 18, 2018, in Foreign Tiles, by nancy

Made in Mexico, circa  1920’s Very old tile has a floral/leaf pattern within a diagonal frame.   Soft colors on a smooth surface.   Beveled edges. 5  1/2″ x  5  1/2″ x 1/2″ thick Good condition; has some edge chips/wear Qty = 1 $65  

Colorful Mexican Vintage Tiles

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

Made in Mexico, circa 1920-1930’s This assortment of tile has the same hand-painted pattern but with different glazing.  These are all old, have a smooth surface with satiny finish and beveled edges.   Sold separately. 4  3/8″ x 4  3/8″ x  1/2″ thick Very good condition; varies per tile Qty = as shown $65 each […]

Vintage Fish Tile Panel

On May 10, 2018, in California Tiles, Special Tiles and Panels, by nancy

Four-tile panel depicts a tropical fish swimming among the reeds.   The glazes are a mix of glossy and matte on a smooth surface.   This can be mounted and framed in a bathroom or child’s room; could be installed as a focal point in a shower ,tub or pool area.   We are unsure […]

House-Number Sign with Batchelder Tiles

On May 9, 2018, in California Tiles, Customer Photos, Miscellaneous Items, by nancy

Here are 2 awesome, hand-made house number signs using some of our vintage Batchelder tiles mixed with a contemporary house-number tile.  A clever use of  tiles, bricks, stone and topped with an aged architectural element.    

Moravian Vintage Sconce/Candle Holder

On May 4, 2018, in American Tiles, by nancy

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, PA  1898-present Vintage ceramic candle holder or sconce features birds set within a banded ring.  The raised design is covered with glossy glazes.   Factory drilled for hanging and the candle opening is 3/4″ wide.   This piece is from the early 1900’s. 11″ tall x 4  1/4″ wide […]

Cuenca S&S Spanish Geometric Tile

On April 28, 2018, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel (S & S), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Glossy glazes are separated by raised lines which also outline the design.   Vintage tile has a Spanish-influenced geometric pattern. 4″ x 4″ x 5/8″ thick Great condition; signed, never set Qty = 1 $70