Antique Spanish Mission California Ceramic Tile Top Occasional / Drinks Table with Colourful Parrots

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American Arts & Crafts period in the Spanish mission style occassional table, Made by Taylor Tile, Santa Monica, California, circa 1930s.

Original in every way this charming and colourful table is decorated with three boisterous parrots, butterflies, bees, foliage and orange flowers.  Primary colours are yellow, blue and red in varying shades.  The black background gives the colours a vibrancy.  Original walnut base with turned splayed legs and shaped skirt.

Useful as a drinks table, side table, lamp table - a table for every occassion.

No markings.
Condition is very good with some typical minor repairs and signs of age including wear and craquelure to tiles.
23 1/2" x 16" x 18 1/4" high.
23 pounds.

Taylor Tile originated in Santa Monica around 1920 as a partnership between Eric Douglas and Frank Taylor. According to California Tile: The Golden Era (Taylor, Soukup, Kotter), Taylor scouted throughout Los Angeles County for good clay and settled on Santa Monica where area deposits were sufficient to support several area potteries. Operating as Santa Monica Brick through the 1920s, they produced brick to support the area building boom and later added roofing and decorative tile as well as large garden pottery ornaments and chimney pots. Outside designers and architects provided initial tile designs produced by the company. The red clay tiles glazed in the cuenca (raised line) style are often stamped with the trade name “Monaco” and Santa Monica Brick.

In 1930, the company rebranded as Taylor Tile after Douglas left, continuing to produce decorative tile. Taylor discovered a market for tilery used in small tabletops, supplying tiles to Los Angeles area furniture manufacturers, including the Los Angeles Period Furniture Company, Western Table Company, and the Joseph McPherson Furniture Company. With the closure of Malibu Tile in 1934, Taylor hired designer William (Bill) Handley to head up design. Handley was responsible for Taylor’s famous bird panel designs and also reproduced several Malibu designs for Taylor.


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