Antique ruin Gothic tile architectural salvage artifact tiles reclaimed medieval decor encaustic floral medallion design ceramic art element

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Gothic medieval tile architectural salvage artifact tiles reclaimed antiquities ruin design encaustic floral decor medallion ceramic art elements

Medieval archaeological antiquities medallion foliate encaustic tiles repurposed human design inspired by nature naturally.
Clean unseparated as is. Late 1700s early1800s. Three tiles for the decorative colorful refinishing refurbishing of interior or exterior garden. Ancient design Eco-tique reclaimed renewable resource withstanding the test of time. 13th century arts design handmade man made and discovered for the 21st century.

Width : 8"X 8" - 20cm X 20cm
Thickness : 3/4" - 2cm

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Chris Blanchett, Tile Historian

In the 13th century, no self-respecting Abbey, Monastery or Royal Palace would have been without its tiled floors. The earliest examples such as those still extant at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire were made of variously shaped interlocking tiles of different colors, much like a mosaic, but these were difficult to make and even more difficult to lay and they rapidly disappeared in favor of inlaid or ‘encaustic’ tiles.

Encaustic tiles were made by impressing a pattern in the unfired clay to a shallow depth using a carved wooden mold. The resulting indentations were filled with a liquid clay, or slip, of contrasting color. The tile body was usually of red clay with a white slip pattern. The tiles were glazed with a simple lead glaze made by boiling up scraps of lead (often from roofing or window making) and skimming off the lead oxide which formed on the surface. This was powdered and mixed with water and possibly some form of gum to make it adhere to the tile surface. When fired in a wood burning kiln to about 1000ºC, the glaze melted and formed a thin skin over the tile. Impurities in the glaze gave a warm honey tone to the white clay inlays and a deep rich brown color over the red body.

By the 16th century, the fashion for inlaid tiles had passed but in the early years of the 18th century, architects began to look to the past for inspiration and came across examples of the old medieval tiles. A number of authors collected the designs found on such tiles and published them, leading to an interest in and demand for reproduction tiles for new and renovated church floors. The Gothic Revival had begun.

In 1835, Samuel Wright, a Merchant in Zaffer (raw cobalt ore that was used in the pottery industry to create an intense blue) from Stoke-on-Trent experimented in making reproductions using plaster and steel moulds, but due to the nature of his business decided to sell the rights to his patent to Chamberlain & Co of Worcester and Herbert Minton in Stoke in equal shares. Chamberlain started production immediately, but Minton decided to further refine the process, building a special small kiln for his experiments. Initial results were disappointing; the local clay from the Stoke area shrank alarmingly on firing and the inlaid pattern continually came away from the body of the tiles. He kept on however and in 1842 was ready to supply his first major commission for the Temple Church in London. He collaborated on this project with the architect, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin who was
also working on the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) in London and soon Pugin was specifying Minton tiles for the Palace and many other prestigious projects at home and abroad.

Life's work curation, collected creation, inspiration. Indoor Spring or exterior blue sea & sky outdoor Summer projects.

Bath or kitchen backsplash accent
Kitchen or bath counter tops
Patio table tops
ornamental garden art
Planter appliqué accents
Brighten bird baths
Reface old sinks
Stair risers or stoops
Doorway and Window sills
Frame Trims & treatments
Entranceway, landings, foyers
Door jambs
House numbers
Horizontal or vertical
Tray table tops
Hot plate

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