Up for auction today, is a round MINT Arts & Crafts California Faience ceramic tile made by California Faience of Berkeley California. This rare Bay Area beauty has a cobalt blue band (high gloss) followed by a small border band of red clay, a technique known as cuenca. Not only does the cuenca band the tile, but it is used extensively throughout the basket and flowers, allowing the artists to isolate many colors and/or glazes in close proximity to one another. Amazing actually. The brim and handle of the basket are done in CFâe(tm)s signature sky blue and uses the cuenca technique to fool the eye and give the basket a finished and defined curving edge. The body of the basket alternates with a spring green and sky blue. The background behind the flower basket tile is a deep matte cobalt. The flowers all have vibrant colors giving this tile a very special effect. All in all a superlative piece from the artisanâe(tm)s ability, the overall eye appeal and the color mix. The work is extraordinarily intricate and amazingly accurate. This is a lovely piece and displays beautifully. Iâe(tm)ve set a competitive reserve, but please donâe(tm)t ask what it is. Please be sure to view all my photos. The last photo is a scanned image of the bottom of the piece. .

DIMENSIONS: 5 ¼ âeoe wide, and 17âe circumference

MARKS: cursive

CONDITION: MINT condition with no chips, cracks, hairlines, or repairs. I have given the tile a cursory wash in mild soapy water.

Please ask ANY questions you may have about this auction before bidding! My definition of mint, as used in my auctions, means the item is as it left the factory. T may be small factory imperfections on any of the pieces I auction. Check my photos carefully and again, please ask any questions prior to bidding.

I will contact you by e-mail after the close of the auction. Shipping and insurance to be determined at the end of the auction with buyerâe(tm)s zip code. I use USPS Priority Mail for shipping and take great pains to pack as I would want to receive the item. Sorry, NO international shipments at this time. Prompt shipment (next business day) with PayPal, money orders and cashiers checks. Personal checks will ship after check clears. Payment must be received within 10 days after the close of the auction. Non-Paying Bidders (NPB) will receive negative feedback. Thank you for your time and Best of Luck!

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