small assortment of vintage early 20th century original ernest allan batchelder polychrome, matte finish clay tiles. the largest tiles measure 3 inches square. the mortar or grout on the backside has been carefully removed. signed on the backside. the tiles date to the 1920's. ernest batchelder was a leading designer of the american arts and crafts movement, already well known when he founded his own tile company in pasadena in 1909. the company ceased to operate during the depression in the year 1932. batchelders designs owe much to grueby and mercer, but his handling of the clay resulted in tiles with a clearly individual style. batchelder's floor tiles, for example, are uniformly moulded, and although they have an earthy quality and matte glaze, are more refined than mercer's. batchelder's most popular motifs include mayan designs, birds, foliage and geometric abstracts. priced for the lot.