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 […]

S & S Depression-Glazed Tile

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

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 This red clay vintage tile has a matte green recessed geometric pattern, and is unlike most of the cuenca S & S tiles.   Very simple, yet appealing.   On the back is the catalog number.  We also have 1 with black and 1 with blue glazing. 6″ […]

S & S Half Circle Tile

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.   Here is a beautiful border tile made in the shape of half a circle.  It has four complimentary glazes with raised lines separating the colors.   The blue glaze covers the curved edge of […]

S & S Bullnose Border Tile

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

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 This border tile has a repeating floral motif with a bullnose top edge.   Matte glazes are accented with glossy black and raised lines separate the colors.   Albert Solon joined with Frank Schemmel to found S&S tiles – Solon designed the tiles and Schemmel headed the business.   When […]

Floral Tile-S&S

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

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 The glossy black background sets of the impressive floral design on this vintage tile from the great company, S&S.   Many of their fine tiles were made in the cuenca method so there is excellent color separation.   Original catalog number 513 is stamped on the back. 3 […]

S & S Vintage Border Tile/Sculptured Edge

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

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 In 1920, Albert Solon joined with Frank Schemmel to found S&S tiles.   Solon designed the tiles and Schemmel headed the business. Both men lived in Willow Glen during the 1930s and 40s. Their work for Willow Glen sites included Willow Glen Theater (demolished)) and the façades of […]

Vintage S&S Round Panel

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

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 S&S produced some remarkable commissions for important clients and many of their works survive today.   This 4-tile set was made using the cuenca method and has a combination of matte and glossy glaze colors.   Incised on the side of the tile is the original catalog number: […]

S & S Vintage Floral Tile

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

Solon & Schemmel, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Made in the cuenca style with raised lines separating the glossy glazes, this vintage tile from S&S is a real beauty.   It has their incised catalog number on the side:  6-2.  This tile is special enough to stand on its own, like a small piece of art! […]

S & S Contoured Border Tile

On October 3, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Here is an unusual and adorable contoured border tile from the great S & S Tile Company.   Glossy glazes bleed nicely into each other and raised lines and raised dots create a floral pattern.   This is stamped with S&S’s catalog number:  374 5 […]

S & S Vintage Medallion Tiles

On October 3, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 It has been said that Albert Solon rivaled Rufus Keeler in the production of tiles of the highest caliber.   These round medallions or tea tiles certainly fall into this category.  Some are a combination of matte and glossy finishes; all have raised lines separating […]

S & S Rare Tree Tile

On October 3, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel) Tile Company, San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Albert Solon (1887-1949) made beautiful, high-end tiles that adorn many buildings on the west coast, such as Hearst Castle, Steinhart Aquarium, Orpheum Theatre etc.  This outstanding vintage tile depicts a landscape scene with trees and mountains.  Very 3-dimensional with a hand made feel, […]

Vintage S & S Geometric Tile

On June 6, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 Red clay has a recessed geometric symbol glazed in matte cobalt.  S & S tiles are usually multi colored and more intricate or artistic; however this simple tile has a charm of its own. 3  1/4″ square x 1/2″ thick Good condition; has edge chip; […]

S & S Cornerstone Tile

On November 16, 2012, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 This tile has rich matte glazing in shades of deep brown, blue and green.   Made as the central or cornerstone tile for a fireplace and has one bullnose edge.   This is a nice chunky tile! 5  3/4″ x 3  1/2″ x up to […]

S & S Decorated Bullnose Tile

On November 16, 2012, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA  1921-1936 A lovely repeating pattern decorates this vintage S & S tile.   This company dominated the high-end market in Northern California and produced marvelous glazes.  Raised lines separate the matte colors.  This tile, with its rounded edge, was meant to be used on the top […]

S & S Border Tile

On November 16, 2012, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA   1921-1936 Multiple glaze colors have a combination of matte and glossy finishes on this vintage border tile.   It has a pleasing geometric pattern. 5  3/4″ x 1  3/4″ x 1/2″ thick Excellent condition Qty = 1 $60

S & S Geometric Tile

On November 19, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

S & S (Solon & Schemmel), San Jose, CA   1921-1936 Gorgeous vinage polychrome, cuenca tile from S & S, one of the classic California Golden Era tile companies.  The intricate Moorish-inspired design is executed in a great blend of vellum and bright glazes.  The standout cinnamon glaze has an almost iridescent surface. 6″ square […]

S & S Persian Design Tile

On January 21, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

This exquisite cuenca tile is decorated in a jewel-like polychrome palette.