Collection of 18 Napoleon III ceramic tiles - Desvres 4¼"

SKU: 18438

This exquisite collection of salvaged Napoleon III square tiles date from the nineteenth century. They are decorated with simple green geometric patterns on an off-white background. These would be lovely to repurpose for a small backsplash in a powder room or as a feature laid with other tiles. These have been laid previously so there are traces of mortar. Note the maker's stamp on the backs, branded Desvres.
Desvres, a town located in the northern region of France, has a rich history in tile production dating back several centuries. The town's association with tile-making can be traced back to the 18th century when it became renowned for its production of handcrafted ceramic tiles. Initially, Desvres specialized in the production of faience tiles, a type of tin-glazed earthenware known for its colorful decorative designs. These tiles were used for various purposes, including decorating walls, floors, and fireplaces in both domestic and public buildings. During the 19th century, Desvres experienced significant growth in its tile industry, fueled by advancements in production techniques and increased demand. The town became known for its distinctive style of ceramic tiles, characterized by intricate patterns, vibrant colors, and detailed craftsmanship. Desvres tiles gained popularity not only within France but also internationally, with exports reaching various parts of Europe and beyond. The tiles were prized for their quality and aesthetic appeal, often featuring motifs inspired by nature, mythology, and traditional French designs.

Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 4 ¼" x 4 ¼"
Approx. overall 11cm x 11cm

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