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Ceramic Tiles

From Assyrian to Majolica, and from accent to all-encompassing, ceramic tiles have offered delightful design and pattern to both interiors and exteriors for centuries. Complementing their beauty is their extensive history, which traces its roots well into antiquity.

The heritage of decorative ceramic tiles originates around 4000 B.C., when the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia began experimenting with glazed brick to create dazzling façades and pictorial programs. The tradition of elegantly glazed and decorated tiles continued to develop in the Islamic world, a region whose artistic traditions celebrate the rich styling of scrolling motifs and arabesques. By the 11th century, this tradition had spread to Western Europe, where elegantly glazed tiles appeared across the continent.

Some producers, like those working in the Faïence and Majolica traditions, experimented with color and painted patterns to produce vibrant and eclectic tiles. Others, like manufacturers in the Dutch city of Delft, translated the brilliant blue and white patterns so beloved on porcelain dishware into tile designs. Since the days of distinguished Delft and magnificent Majolica, ceramic tiles have become more prevalent, making us treasure these decorative pieces from the past even more.


Quick Facts

  • One of the best surviving examples of extravagant ceramic tile work in Western Europe is that seen the Great Mosque at Cordoba, many of which were added between the 8th and 9th centuries
  • Until the 19th century and its advances in mechanization, decorative ceramic tile making was done predominantly by hand
  • It was not until the 1900s that the notion of tiling interior spaces became commonplace. Architects at the time, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, capitalized on this new popularity by incorporating rich tiled motifs into their designs

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José de Guimarães (n.1939) Azulejo Edição Viúva Lamego
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
José de Guimarães (n.1939) Azulejo Edição Viúva Lamego
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €80- €160
€28012 Bids
"Sandeman, Port and Sherry", painel de 15 azulejos, emoldurado
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
"Sandeman, Port and Sherry", painel de 15 azulejos, emoldurado
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €200- €400
€3206 Bids
A Henrich, Germany Porcelain Tile, Heiliger Georg, Saint George & the Dragon, Limited edition ed. 675/3000
May 27, 6:00 PM AEST
A Henrich, Germany Porcelain Tile, Heiliger Georg, Saint George & the Dragon, Limited edition ed. 675/3000
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD1606 Bids
2700 BELGIAN FLOOR TILES C 1900. APPROXIMATELY 620 SQ FEET.
May 22, 11:00 AM EDT
2700 BELGIAN FLOOR TILES C 1900. APPROXIMATELY 620 SQ FEET.
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$5005 Bids
Cecília de Sousa (n.1937-2019), Painel de 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
Cecília de Sousa (n.1937-2019), Painel de 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €160- €300
€2003 Bids
Paula REGO (1935-2022) Menina com foice Azulejo em cerâmica da Fábrica Viúva Lamego Dim. aprox. 14 x 14 cm.
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
Paula REGO (1935-2022) Menina com foice Azulejo em cerâmica da Fábrica Viúva Lamego Dim. aprox. 14 x 14 cm.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €80- €160
€902 Bids
Manuel Cargaleiro (n.1927), Painel de 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego, c.1956
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
Manuel Cargaleiro (n.1927), Painel de 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego, c.1956
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €300- €600
€3202 Bids
Vieira da Silva (1908-1992), Painel de 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego em placa de acrilico
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
Vieira da Silva (1908-1992), Painel de 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego em placa de acrilico
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €300- €600
€3202 Bids
Three square pottery tiles,
Jun 04, 10:00 AM BST
Three square pottery tiles,
by Roseberys
Est: £200- £300
£1401 Bid
11 ANTIEKE VLAAMSE TEGELS
May 19, 10:00 AM CEST
11 ANTIEKE VLAAMSE TEGELS
by DEWIT Auctions
Est: €50- €150
€501 Bid
POMAR, Júlio (1926-2018) Azulejo em cerâmica representando a assinatura relevada do artista Não assinado
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
POMAR, Júlio (1926-2018) Azulejo em cerâmica representando a assinatura relevada do artista Não assinado
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €40- €80
€401 Bid
Velvet Tile Caramel - 4.2m - RRP $924
May 28, 7:00 PM AEST
Velvet Tile Caramel - 4.2m - RRP $924
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD151 Bid
Querubim Lapa (1925-2016), 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego, modelo de 1968, em placa de acrilico
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
Querubim Lapa (1925-2016), 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego, modelo de 1968, em placa de acrilico
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €200- €400
€2001 Bid
Manuel Cargaleiro (n.1927), Painel de 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego sobre placa de acrilico
May 20, 7:00 PM WEST
Manuel Cargaleiro (n.1927), Painel de 4 azulejos em cerâmica Viúva de Lamego sobre placa de acrilico
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €300- €600
€3001 Bid
Pair of Walnut Stands with Longwy Pottery Tiles
May 19, 11:00 AM EDT
Pair of Walnut Stands with Longwy Pottery Tiles
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$4501 Bid
Bart van der Leck (Dutch 1876 - 1958). Bird, 1940.
Jun 10, 7:30 PM CEST
Bart van der Leck (Dutch 1876 - 1958). Bird, 1940.
by Adams Amsterdam Auctions
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€2,0001 Bid
Vintage Tile Coasters, Bath Salt in Holder
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Tile Coasters, Bath Salt in Holder
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
French blue and white tile porcelain wall art 18" x 12"
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
French blue and white tile porcelain wall art 18" x 12"
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$101 Bid
MAN-MADE TILE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 18, 1:00 PM CST
MAN-MADE TILE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
Ruiz de Luna "still life" tile panel
May 22, 5:00 PM CEST
Ruiz de Luna "still life" tile panel
by Ansorena
Est: €600- €800
€4000 Bids
Five tiles, Holland, 19th century
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Five tiles, Holland, 19th century
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Four tiles, Holland, 19th century
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Four tiles, Holland, 19th century
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
€900 Bids
Six tiles "Bloempotje", Holland, 19th century
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Six tiles "Bloempotje", Holland, 19th century
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
Four tiles Holland, 19th century
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Four tiles Holland, 19th century
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
€700 Bids

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