Pair of Antique French Art Nouveau Tiles - Sarreguemines
Fantastic glazes define this pair of highly relief-molded tiles by the French maker, Utzschneider which was located in Sarreguemines (which used to be known as Saargemund), France, c. 1896-1910. French art nouveau tiles are rarely seen on the market. Here is a pair of wonderfully articulated water lily tiles with hovering dragonfly. This theme was produced by many of the tile companies of the period and these are particularly nice examples. Because these tiles are molded in such high relief, it is very common for them to have nicks and chips at the high points of the flowers and other high areas of the tiles. These two tiles, however, have not suffered much in the intervening century since they were created. The tile with the dragonfly is in excellent condition with an upper edge nick just left of center along with a tiny nick to a central petal of the cream colored open lily which is barely noticeable. The tile without the dragonfly is, likewise, in excellent condition with upper edge wear toward right and at bottom left corner; there is also a tiny nick to the edge of the water lily pad at lower left and one on the nearest petal of the floating cream colored flower. Truly standout glaze work is exhibited on these examples. Price is for the pair. Please write with any questions you may have.
*The photos taken of the two tiles together were taken with very low light; the photos of the individual tiles are representative of the true colors of the tiles.