Tropico Vintage Flower Tile

On October 20, 2015, in California Tiles, by nancy

Tropico Potteries, Glendale, CA  1920-1923 We have a small collection of vintage tiles from this company.   Unfortunately they were in business only a few years before being acquired by Gladding McBean.  The flowers depicted on this tile resemble a cyclamen plant.  Raised lines (cuenca) separate the 4 glossy glaze colors.   Very sweet tile. […]

Tropico Field Tile/Mustard

On January 23, 2014, in California Tiles, by nancy

Tropico, Glendale, CA  1920-1923 This vintage field tile has glossy mustardy goldenrod glazing with a glossy finish.    Tropico made great tiles before they were purchased by Gladding McBean.    We have enough on hand to cover approximately 8 sq.ft. 4  1/4″ square x 1/2″ thick Great condition; never set.   Signed. Qty = 63 […]

Tropico Vintage Hex Tile

On August 10, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

Tropico Potteries, Glendale, CA  1920-1923 This thick, hexagon tile makes a striking honeycomb pattern when set in an installation.   And we have a limited quantity of the half pieces, both pointed and flat to add a finished edge.  The deep mauve glaze has a glossy finish.  To make more edge pieces, the hex can […]

Tropico Vintage Tile

On November 17, 2012, in California Tiles, Norman Karlson Collection, by nancy

Tropico, Glendale, CA  1920-1928 Gold glaze contracts sharply with the matte black and red-orange on this vintage California tile.  This comes from Norman Karlson’s collection, but does not appear in his Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles.  This company was in business only three years before being bought out by Gladding McBean. 6″ square x 1/2″ […]

Tropico Vintage Field Tile

On November 3, 2012, in Field Tiles, by nancy

Tropico, Glendale, CA  1920-1928 Matte brown glazing has a cool alligator pattern that varies with each tile.  We have a small quantity available; and we also have 8 bullnose and 4 corner pieces.  Contact us for photos. 2  7/8″ square x 3/8″ thick Great condition; varies per tile.  Signed. Qty = 21 $15 each  

Tropico Vintage Tea Tile

On December 14, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

Tropico Potteries, Glendale, CA  1920-1923 We don’t see many signed tiles from Tropico as they were only in business for a very short time before they were purchased by Gladding McBean.  This octagon tea tile has five glossy glaze colors arranged in a pinwheel-like pattern, with a sixth color on the edges. 6″ x 1/2″ […]

Tropico Variegated Field Tile

On February 27, 2011, in California Tiles, Field Tiles, by nancy

Tropico, Glendale, CA  1920-1928 Tropico, known for their famous Pig N Whistle tiles, produced a quite a variety of tiles in their short history.  This little field tile has a light brown and white mottled, glossy finish.  Each tile has a slightly different pattern and they look well together.  We have just enough for a […]