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Posted 5 years ago


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I have these tiles on my kitchen walls. They are a french cat theme. Some have writing and others don't. The writing is whimsical as the tiles are labelled 'Chat Gall' (the tile is ainted to look like Chagall, the same for "Chat Plin" (Charlie Chaplin) etc.
Two plates which came with the kitchen (the old owners left them for us) are labeled De Simone. The tiles are De Simone as well. In all there are 43 of these painted tiles and 2 plates. Before I take them off the wall does anyone know if they are worth anything? Should I try to preserve them?
Many thanks for any information. There are also plain white matching tiles with a black line border. Not sure if I should preserve these either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hi from Sydney Australia!
    Lucky you! The kitchen must be fabulous! I'd leave it alone. There are many who would kill for a kitchen like that!!!
    If you are re-decorating take them off with care ( or have it done by a professional) because they are becoming VERY collectible.
    The DeSimone line of pottery was created by Sicilian aristocrat turned artist, Giovanni DeSimone. He studied extensively under Pablo Picasso, whose influences are evident in the bright colors and simple lines of DeSimone’s ceramic art. His original, handmade ceramic designs and inspirations now live through the work of his daughters.
    Google "Giovanni DeSimone" and you'll find plenty about him and what's happening.
  2. JAB, 5 years ago
    Thanks so much for the info. We are renovating and they don't go with the new kitchen so I will take them off with care. Any idea where to sell them?
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Get signed up with ebay. You should do well!
  4. JAB, 5 years ago
    They were installed in the kitchen 1971 but am not sure of the exact age.
  5. JAB, 5 years ago
    Will try to get them off in one piece in the next few weeks. Will let you know.
  6. cherrylippedroses, 5 years ago
    ...if I were you I would check out this artist's work...I just found a vase that retails from this family for 600.00...these tiles were created forty years ago...I have looked at hundreds of Arts and Crafts can barely buy one 4" x 4" for less than 40.00...just a thought...and, this guy studied under Picasso? WOW.
  7. cherrylippedroses, 5 years ago
    ...One 8" x 8" tile on EBAY:
  8. LaurasLastDitch, 5 years ago
    Oh, I would SO keep those in my kitchen!
  9. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    JAB. I don't know where you are in the world but I am guessing half the folk who frequent this site will come over and help you get these safely off the wall. Myself included! Please give us all a follow up after the demo to let us know how many survived.
  10. GraftonGal, 5 years ago
    Need any help taking the tiles off? I'll certainly help too!
    I'll give them to my sister (or sell them to her). She has a set of plates.
  11. estsalejunkie estsalejunkie, 5 years ago
    Very collectible, and if they're quite old, very valuable. If you sell, don't let them go for "chickenfeed" prices. Do your homework first and then you should get a fortune for them.
  12. JAB, 4 years ago
    So now the kitchen renovation is in full swing and the tiles came off the wall quite easily. We were all surprised. There's still a bit of the mastic on the back which my contractor assures me I can wash off. So I'll be listing them on ebay soon. I live in New Jersey and also thought I'd contact some art dealers in NYC to see what I should list them for.
  13. AmberRose AmberRose, 4 years ago
    Can you post a link to your eBay links when you get it done, or let us know it's posted. I know we don't sell things here but I feel invested that your tiles find a good home. I think you really took the time and effort in recognizing they were something unique, found a place to ask the questions and insured you preserved those tiles. They probably aren't to your taste, or mine really but you put in a lot of effort. Good for you and I want to know what happens!

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