The Art Nouveau tile fireplace designs pictured here include both moulded and tube-lined tiles . . . . .
. . . Made from high quality glazed ceramics, they are designed to last a lifetime and to retain their vibrant colors indefinitely!
The reproduction tiles for the Art Nouveau tile fireplace surrounds pictured below are made in the same way
as they were in 1910. With deep and lus-
trous hand-painted, high-gloss glazes applied over a moulded base tile, the 6 inch square tiles are 1/4 inch thick and have slightly irregular outside edges. Based on English tile designs of the period, they were widely dis-
tributed across the globe, finding their way to a host of different countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The following examples are suggested fireplace tile layouts, along with a close-up of the moulded tile used in each design.
Tube-lining is a highly specialized art, somewhat like decorating or icing a cake. The design is piped onto
flat tile in the form of liquid clay, af-
ter which time the glazes are poured into the areas of the tile that are created behind the shallow "dams" formed by the tube-lined decoration. Expensive even in 1900, due to the difficulty in maintaining consistent quality control during the manufac-
turing process, the attractiveness of these tiles brought about the produc-
tion of moulded art nouveau tiles
(above) as a less expensive alterna-
tive to achieve a similar result in a
By the start of World War I, however, enthusiasm for the highly stylized nature of Art Nouveau design was
waning. The high cost of producing it, as well as changing tastes, caused a shift in favor of a more
streamlined, rectilinear modernism that was less expensive and believed to be more faithful to the industrial
look that subsequently became Art Deco. Fortu-
nately, a resurgence of interest in Art Nouveau styling in recent years has stimulated the reproduction of related design elements, including many of the designs shown on this page.
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