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Chinese Tiles

Chinese tiles were typically painted in a Qinghua blue-and-white style. These ceramic tiles, in ancient times, were hand crafted and fired and often used for burial sites. During the Ming and Qing Dynasty, glazed tiles were also quite popular for use on imperial rooftops. Rooftop tiles were tubular and overlapped one another to prevent leaking in case of a crack.

Fine sand-less clay was necessary to produce a uniform and structurally strong tile. The small particles that composed the finer quality clays made ceramic tiles resistant to cracking. Tile makers would either roll this clay into sheets for further shaping, pinch the clay into the desired form, or flatten out coiled clay for further decoration.


Quick Facts

  • One technique of tile making was called tub molding. In this method, clay was pressed into a circular mold and patted down until the desired thickness was achieved
  • Chinese roof tiles during the Qing dynasty overlapped one another by 70 percent. Therefore, there were many layers of overlapping, reducing the chance of leakage within a dwelling
  • Many house roofs were decorated with circular tiles that depicted images of monsters or dragons as talismans to protect a home

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Chinese Roof Tile
Oct 16, 10:00 AM CDT
Chinese Roof Tile
by Leonard Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Chinese Art Mountains Streams Tumbled Marble Tile Mural
Nov 05, 2:00 PM EDT
Chinese Art Mountains Streams Tumbled Marble Tile Mural
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $400- $600
$3400 Bids
(2) A PAIR OF HAN DYNASTY STYLE EAVES TILES.C474.
Oct 13, 11:00 AM EDT
(2) A PAIR OF HAN DYNASTY STYLE EAVES TILES.C474.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$4500 Bids
A MING DYNASTY STYLE SANCAI ROOF TILE.C258.
Oct 13, 11:00 AM EDT
A MING DYNASTY STYLE SANCAI ROOF TILE.C258.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$4000 Bids
A TRANSITIONAL PERIOD GREEN-GLAZED CERAMIC TILE.C259.
Oct 13, 11:00 AM EDT
A TRANSITIONAL PERIOD GREEN-GLAZED CERAMIC TILE.C259.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$4000 Bids
(2) CHINESE SANCAI GLAZED PHOENIX ROOF TILES
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
(2) CHINESE SANCAI GLAZED PHOENIX ROOF TILES
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1250 Bids
Antique Chinese Glazed Pottery Roof Tiles
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Chinese Glazed Pottery Roof Tiles
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY GLAZED CERAMIC ROOF TILE
Oct 04, 10:00 AM PDT
ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY GLAZED CERAMIC ROOF TILE
by I.M. Chait Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$5500 Bids
CHINESE MING DYNASTY GLAZED CERAMIC ROOF TILE
Oct 04, 10:00 AM PDT
CHINESE MING DYNASTY GLAZED CERAMIC ROOF TILE
by I.M. Chait Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A Vintage Chinese Roof Tile
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Chinese Roof Tile
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $225- $2,250
$2250 Bids
A Chinese blue and white Temple tile decorated with a Lion 3 x 20 x 20 cm.
Oct 14, 9:30 AM BST
A Chinese blue and white Temple tile decorated with a Lion 3 x 20 x 20 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £90- £120
£850 Bids
Antique Chinese Family Rose tile Ø 29 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Antique Chinese Family Rose tile Ø 29 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€6,0000 Bids
ANTIQUE CHINESE BLUE GLAZED ROOF TILE
Oct 04, 10:00 AM PDT
ANTIQUE CHINESE BLUE GLAZED ROOF TILE
by I.M. Chait Gallery
Est: $350- $550
$1750 Bids
CHINESE MING DYNASTY EARTHENWARE / REDWARE GOUTOU ROOF TILE,
Oct 15, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE MING DYNASTY EARTHENWARE / REDWARE GOUTOU ROOF TILE,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $50- $80
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Tiles


I.M. Chait Gallery

I.M. Chait Gallery

Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.

Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.

Kaminski Auctions

Kaminski Auctions

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery