This Arts & Crafts era tile would look lovely displayed on a table easel and would provide for a great art pottery history conversation.
This extremely rare, strikingly beautiful 12” square decorative tile with a medieval theme is in its original period frame and was custom made by the historical Flint Faience Tile Company in Flint, Michigan some time during their years of operation between 1922 and 1931.
The combination of the elaborate border and detailed central scene created with some relief makes this beauty a rare one with polychrome matte glazes.
It is a fine, rare example of American art pottery tile heritage and is a true treasure for the serious art pottery tile collector.
The Flint Faience Tile Company is a unique part of Flint's past and is linked to the early years of the Flint Institute of Arts. One of the best Arts & Crafts tile companies in the United States in the 1920's and 1930s, the tile company was a subsidiary of AC Spark Plug in Flint, Michigan. The handmade faience tiles were used to adorn floors and walls in homes, schools, and office buildings throughout the United States. Today, Flint faience pieces are considered collector's items.
Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Packard, and Nash, all used faience tile in their showrooms. It was believed that tile on the floors would enhance the sale of automobiles.
13.5” square with frame
1.5” deep including frame
Weight: 7 lbs.
Condition: The tile is in remarkable condition with no cracks or chips. The original frame has some wear that only adds to its overall historical beauty. The original paper backing was removed to identify the tile and is included to further authenticate its age and historical importance. Appropriately marked with the Flint Faience Tile Co Flint Mich on back.
Appears to be Saint George slaying the dragon.
There is a great article available on the internet titled: “History of the Flint Faience Tile Company | The handmade tiles of the Flint Faience Tile Company grew out of the fledgling 1920s auto industry.”
There is a Schiffer Publishing reference book for Flint Faience tile collectors titled: “Flint Faience Tiles A – Z” by Dr. Margaret Carney and Ken Galvas. Dr. Margaret Carney is a ceramics historian, university professor, museum curator, and researcher. Ken Galvas has been collecting American art pottery since 1975.
Trade catalogs from Flint Faience & Tile Co. are in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.