January 7, 2014 · 12:04 pm
Tudor Potteries operated in Los Angeles between 1927 and 1939. They produced a wide range of decorative tiles in Spanish, Moorish, and Persian designs. Their catalog from June 1931 lists corner, center, and border tiles that could be combined to create an "endless variety of patterns." This table is representative of Tudor's bright and cheerful colors: orange, yellow, turquoise, blue.
This particular pattern appears in June 1931 Tudor catalog. Design IDB, which has a slightly different arrangement of colors, is shown in the catalog picture, and IDC is mentioned as having the red and blue glazes interchanged. Continue reading →
January 6, 2014 · 12:58 pm
Taylor Tilery (1930 - 1941, also known as Santa Monica Brick Company) was one of the more prolific tile factories. Taylor produced a number of scenic panels (California Missions, dancers of all kinds, scenes with birds) as well as a huge variety of geometric decorative tiles.
This table with six tiles set into a pretty wooden frame with scalloped edges was not easy to identify. I couldn't find this exact design in any of the books or catalogs. Continue reading →
January 5, 2014 · 4:40 pm
Tudor Potteries operated in Los Angeles between 1927 and 1939. They produced a wide range of decorative tiles in Spanish, Moorish, and Persian designs. Their catalog from June 1931 lists corner, center, and border tiles that could be combined to create an "endless variety of patterns." Tudor is known for brightly colored tiles: orange, yellow, turquoise were commonly used. Continue reading →
January 4, 2014 · 10:13 pm
Iznik, a town in western Anatolia (Turkey), was a center for the production of decorative ceramics starting in the last quarter of the 15th century. The pottery had fritware body painted with cobalt blue under a colorless lead glaze and usually combined traditional Arabesque designs with some Chinese elements. Turquoise and dark cobalt blue were the main colors used until additional colors (sage green and pale purple) were introduced in the 16th century. Continue reading →
· 8:59 pm
D. & M. Tile Company operated in Los Angeles from 1928 until 1939 and produced a number of designs that depicted horses - horse carriages, polo players, horse racers. This table shows a horse-drawn carriage made out of two tiles and set in a wrought iron frame. Continue reading →
· 1:16 pm
Taylor Tilery (1930 - 1941, also known as Santa Monica Brick Company) produced a series of designs showing California missions, including Santa Barbara Mission. What's unique about this table is that it is much bigger than other known Santa Barbara Mission examples. Continue reading →
January 3, 2014 · 6:37 pm
The star of my collection and a complete mystery. The tiles on this table are hand-painted with multiple glazes and fired several times. There are no cuerda seca or cuenca lines separating the colors, which makes this design truly unique. You can even see brush strokes in some of the glazes that didn't melt completely! Continue reading →