- Product Overview
- Original vs Reproduction
Original Antique Ivy leaf Fireplace Tiles
These Fireplace tiles are 100% original antiques and feature lovely ivy leaf floral design and spacers with soft colour tones.
Price listed is for the entire set of tiles.
These tiles are still in good condition, despite their age. There may be a few minor defects, which are unlikely to be noticed at a fair distance.
Each side of tiles measure 30″ inches by 6″ inches in total and will fit into most Fireplace Inserts.
Original Victorian fireplace tiles are now over 100 years old, and have stood the test of time. Some are in better conditions than others but they still hold their value well.
Victorian tiles were as elaborate as they could be at first showing mostly floral arrangements. Slowly, other designs surfaced such as single coloured tiles, symmetrical designs with flowers in the centre, and even sets of a large 5 tile image.
Towards the later part of the Victorian period and the early Edwardian period, fireplace tiles got even more exciting with elegant Art Nouveau and art deco designs, which were hand painted and also tube line (raised), with some very vivid colours. Tiles were the Victorian / Edwardian 'TV ' of the day – rich colours and elegant interior designs so you were drawn into them especially when the fire was lit.
Today both original and reproduced tiles are used with antique fireplace inserts. There is no definite rule for which tiles go with which period fireplace, for example it is very common to see an Art Nouveau fireplace with plain Edwardian tiles or vice versa or a Victorian fireplace with Art Nouveau tiles. The choice is very much down to you and so almost anything goes.
This can be a difficult decision as original fireplace tiles are so very much more expensive, and although good enough for re-use, are rarely in perfect condition.
Reproduction tiles have many advantages, most obviously that they are in perfect condition. They usually have white or cream background which helps tremendously when planning your overall colour/design effect. Another benefit is that the reproduction tile range will offer many variations / shades of colour in the design itself; for instance there were very few original blues used in Victorian tiles where as reproduction tiles can be found in a full range of blue including softer shades.
We have an excellent selection of these tiles, and the manufacturers we use reproduce with careful attention to how the originals were made over 100 years earlier. For example the top glazed surface of an original tile was quite substantial, and this is faithfully reproduced by the better manufacturers of today. Also these quality makers can faithfully reproduce the designs of the original, often making it virtually impossible to detect that they are new.
Finally, a major advantage is the very reasonable price for which quality reproduction tiles can be purchased.
Original tiles are becoming increasingly rare. We have quite a collection of these and for the true traditionalist these are the only ones that will do! The colours chosen for original tiles were often quite vibrant – today’s eye might find that the background and design colours ‘argue’ with each other (for example reds and oranges, or clashing shades of green and purple). This is in marked difference to the softer, more subtle tones we are used to seeing in decor nowadays.
However if it’s authenticity you want, then the original you must have!