S & S Vintage Tile Geometric

On October 13, 2015, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, S & S, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Vintage tile has an old Spanish design with five matte glaze colors.  Pretty enough to stand on its own in any installation.  Sold individually. 5  3/4″ sq x  5/8″ thick Great condition Qty = 4 pcs $125 each  

Art Deco S&S Keystone Tiles

On October 2, 2015, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA   1921-1936 Very cool vintage keystone tiles have great Art Deco designs with matte glaze colors.  Either of these can be installed in a fireplace, but they are interesting enough to stand alone as a piece of art.   Sold separately. 6″-6  1/2″ tall x 4  1/4″ wide x […]

Vintage Vent Tile from S&S

On July 15, 2015, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Large round ventilator tile has a floral motif.   It is unglazed pink clay and has nice details. 13″ wide x 1″ thick Great condition Qty = 1 $550  

Floral S&S Tile

On May 3, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, S&S, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 We have two of these pretty floral cuerda seca tiles with their bright, satiny glaze colors.   Each tile is slightly different, but could be used together in an installation or any application. 5  3/4″ square x 1/2″ thick Great condition; signed, never set Qty = 2 […]

S&S Floral Cuenca Tile

On May 3, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, S&S, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 This striking vintage tile has great color separation, glossy glazes and very detailed floral motif.    It has the fine workmanship one expects from this wonderful tile company. 5  3/4″ x 5/8″ thick Great condition; never set, signed Qty = 2 $150 each

S&S Pavers/Stair Risers

On March 19, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA   1921-1936 These vintage terra cotta tiles have geometric patterns recessed into the clay and glazed with matte colors, mainly medium blue and green.  Some have a dark charcoal glaze over the entire surface.   These can have many uses:   stair risers, pavers, combined with […]

S & S Checkerboard Tile

On February 15, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon and Schemmel Tile Co., San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Here is an eye-catching vintage border tile with glossy black and white glossy glazing on a checkerboard pattern.   Made with rich, red clay. 5 1/2″  x 1  3/4″ x 5/8″ thick Great condition; never set Qty = 2 pcs $65 each

Stylized S & S Flower Tile

On February 14, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Glossy orange and turquoise stand out nicely against the black glazing on this vintage cuenca S&S tile.   The floral motif is very stylized, reminiscent of Art Nouveau. 5  3/4″ square x 1/2″ thick Excellent condition; never set, signed Qty = 4 $165

S & S Spanish Tile

On February 13, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Deep polychrome glaze colors have a glossy finish on this vintage tile with Spanish influence.   Raised lines separate the colors and create the floral motif within an ornate pattern.  This tile can certainly stand on its own or be combined with other tiles in […]

Rare Solon & Schemmel House Tile

On December 4, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Soft running glazes cover this rare scenic tile from S & S.  We have never seen another S & S tile made this way!  It has a smooth surface with multi-colored satiny glazes.  The scene is a charming house with palm trees in the front […]

S & S Pointed Geometric Tile

On December 4, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Although this tile was designed with a specific function in mind, on its own it could be displayed as a piece of ceramic art.  The matte and satiny glazes in four colors compliment the simple raised pattern. 8″ long x 4  3/4″ tall x 5/8″ […]

Lily Pad Tile/S & S

On December 4, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Solon was responsible for the designs, color schemes and glazes of all the tiles produced by S&S (and later by its successor, S & L). He was a master of color, developing his own glazes with a distinctive look.  Schemmel was a businessman and the […]

S & S Cuenca Tile

On December 4, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 The team of Albert Solon and Frank Schemmel was a well-balanced partnership:  Solon-the accomplished ceramist and Schemmel the businessman. Here is one of their many wonderful tiles; multicolored glossy glazes with a floral motif that can easily stand on its own.   A perfect gift […]

S & S Daisy Tile

On December 4, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 This vintage border tile has a combination of five matte and glossy glaze colors.  The raised-line design is a simple daisy-like flower with bands of color below.    We have access to 15 additional pieces. 5  3/4″ long x 3 3/4″ wide x 5/8″ thick […]

Vintage S & S Border Tile

On November 8, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S ( Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Here is an attractive vintage border tile with an intricate, repeating pattern.  The design is recessed into the clay and glazed with matte teal. 5  3/4″ x 2  3/4″ x 1/2″ Great condition; never set; signed Qty = 4 $75 each

S & S Tile Assortment

On November 8, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Here are photos of our display cases as we have too many S & S tiles to list separately.   Some have quantities so please feel free to inquire.   As our newsletter stated, these were acquired from a friend of the Solon family and […]

S & S Early Landscape Tile

On November 8, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 We know by the impressed marking on the back of this rare tile that it dates between 1921-1926.  A simple landscape scene has a rustic feel on this vintage red-clay tile.   Albert Solon was trained in art and ceramics from childhood and grew up […]

Rare Solon Bowl

On November 8, 2013, in Pottery, by nancy

Albert Solon of S & S (Solon & Schemmel, San Jose) came from a family with a long history in ceramics. His eldest brother Leon Solon (1872-1957) worked as artistic director and designer at American Encaustic  in New York from 1912 to 1925, where Paul Solon (1883-?) also worked. Camille A. Solon (1877-1960) worked with architect […]

Vintage S & S Border Tile

On October 30, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 A pretty repeating floral motif with five glossy and matte glazes decorates this vintage tile.  Collect one as a small piece of art or use in an installation.   We have access to 30 pieces. 5  1/2″ x 2  7/8″ x 1/2″ thick Great condition, […]

S & S Geometric/Floral Tile Set

On October 30, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Known for their high-end, beautifully executed tiles, S&S continues to attract tile collectors to this day.   Here is a 4-tile set made using the cuenca method with 5 glossy glazes.   The attractive pattern can stand alone set into a table or frame; or […]

S & S Vintage Starfish Tile Set

On October 30, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Matte and glossy glazes are combined on this great vintage tile set from S & S.  The four tiles make a starfish which can be framed or installed as a charming center piece.   Has the quality one would expect from this wonderful old tile […]

Vintage S & S Keystone Tile

On October 5, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Albert Solon came from a family with a long history in ceramics. His eldest brother Leon Solon (1872-1957) worked as artistic director and designer at the American Encaustic Tiling Company in New York from 1912 to 1925, where Paul Solon (1883-?) also worked. Camille A. Solon (1877-1960) worked […]

Floral S&S Border Tile

On October 5, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 This accent or border tile has five matte glaze colors with raised lines creating a floral motif.  The design can stand alone or combine this tile with others for a lovely touch to an installation.   We have access to about 50 pieces of this tile for large […]

S & S Art Deco Tile Set

On October 5, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 S & S dominated the market for high-end tiles in the Bay Area and their Art Deco tiles were used in most of the luxury high-rise apartment buildings that were built in SF after the mid-twenties.   Here is a wonderful example of an S&S deco pattern on […]

Geometric S & S Vintage Tile

On October 5, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 The raised geometric pattern is offset by the matte blue glaze in the recessed areas of this vintage S&S tile..   This method is referred to as depression glazed and was used by many tile makers in a wide variety of patterns.   We have access to 5 […]