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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Any ideas where these tiles came from? The building in Long Beach, California was built in 1922 so they are at least that old.

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Thank you Fort and Kevin for your fast loves :-)
    2. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      I wonder if these were hand painted ceramic tiles the scenes look Northern European
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      They really add the wow to that fireplace !~
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      I need to do some research. I believe they were made in Los Angeles, which would be reasonable and cheap for the time. Maybe Batchelder?
    5. buick4554, 4 years ago
      Batchelder would be my guess as well. Years ago we removed a fireplace from a 1910 craftsman home in Vancouver, Canada. To our surprise and obvious joy, the tiles were all marked Rookwood - 1909. Nothing hand painted but still very decorative. Yours is very nice!
    6. artfoot artfoot, 4 years ago
      There were a couple dozen companies making tile in Los Angeles in the early 1920s. I have not seen these scenic tiles before but would be surprised if they are Batchelder - more likely Calco or Claycraft - but I am not a tile expert.
      This is a good research site and may turn up something definite -
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Thank you Caper - I wonder what the idea was? They are handpainted!

      Thanks Phil - it is a most beautiful 1922 lobby with coffered ceiling and tiny floor tiles. I'll take a picture of the floor later.

      Thank you artfoot, Yes - you're right - many CA tile companies in the early 20's - I was thinking the mottled tiles could possibly be Batchelder. The handpainted ones? I don't know. I am going to look at the site you suggested. I've seen 5 fireplaces here (none the same) and they have a more "working class vibe", pretty but not spectacular. Well - they are, but understated.

      Thank you buick4554 - Rookwood tiles are so beautiful - but coming from Ohio? No, I'm sure the fireplaces' tiles came from here. Thank you though, I enjoyed looking at Rookwood just now on the net. So beautiful!
    8. melaniej melaniej, 4 years ago
      Love the fireplace/tiles but those Andirons are my favorite in the photo.
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Thank you melaniej - and see the tiny Christmas tree lights inside? I think the andirons are reproductions - but a pretty good choice.

      Artfoot - I love that caltiles website! But, no luck :(

      Thank you friends for loving this old fireplace: Jenni, Mike, Sean, Kyra, Scott and Ken!
    10. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 4 years ago
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Thank you gargoyle - it is a spectacular wow fireplace isn't it?
    12. Gillian, 4 years ago
      Watching Home & Garden TV the other day. The renovators were off to buy tiles for a bathroom shower. As they were going through different ones, they came across ones that had the distinct colours that your tiles have. They were talking about how those colours were the original ones used in Craftsman homes. (They were renovating a Craftsman house.) They bought them, and used them in their design.
    13. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    14. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Hi Gillian and thanks for your comment! I love HGTV, will have to look for that episode. Craftsman architecture is my favorite. Yes, I love these colors. I still don't have any more info. I tried searching, still no luck.

      Thank you ho2cultcha - yes they are!!

      Thanks friends for your loves of old tile and fireplaces: MacDaddyRico, gargoyle, Judy, Aura, MaryH, Ted , betweenthelens, AnythingObscure and Anik!

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