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Villeroy Boch, Mettlach Tile - Art Nouveau Style

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Salvaged from a Louis Sullivan Convent, IL (photo/s) many moons ago, this is the last, remaining tile of it's kind from the colossal numbers reclaimed.

A beautifully appointed tile from Villeroy and Boch, Mettlach collection (back stamped).

History of Villeroy and Boch: The robust and beautifully designed tiles were an unparalleled success. Many attempted to copy them. However, no-one succeeded in achieving the high quality of the original. Many of the original old tiles can still be found today in many historical locations. For example, in Cologne Cathedral or the Holland Tunnel that links Manhattan island with the mainland of New Jersey. In 1899, Russian Tsar Nicholas II travelled in wonderful splendour on a royal train to Germany with his family and court. Even the two cows that were taken on the journey to provide the royals with the best Russian milk enjoyed luxurious accommodation in a carriage fitted with the robust Mettlach tiles in blue and white. Also popular in the very best of circles, the tiles were even laid at the feet of aristocracy and rich nobility on the legendary Titanic. Fragments of the tiles that accompanied the maiden voyage of the luxury ship were rescued from the depths of the ocean.

Measures: 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" x 5/8"