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Vintage Jade Tiles
Mr&Mrs BPHoptiki
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From: Burbank,Ca.
Posted: 2007-05-10 11:21 am   Permalink

Mrs Hoptiki here,

If anyone is interested, there is a vintage shop in Burbank that has a large amount of these jade tiles. They definitely look vintage and in very good condition. The color is a very pretty dark blue/green. The owner of the shop says she believes they came from a restaurant in Hollywood and mentioned they were near a Coy pond. I did some research to possibly identify the restaurant but couldn’t come up with anything.

The shop:
Best Of Times
3401 West Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818)-848-5851
Owner Laree Adel




 
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Unga Bunga
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2007-05-10 11:37 am   Permalink

I must agree, Jade does have some vintage tiles.

 
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Mr&Mrs BPHoptiki
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From: Burbank,Ca.
Posted: 2007-05-10 6:00 pm   Permalink

I thought you'd like 'em.



 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-05-10 6:20 pm   Permalink

...which brings up the question again: How come these tiles were such a staple of Tiki lounge decor !?
Were they introduced by Don The Beachcomber when he polynesian-ized Chinese cuisine, as a left over of that, or were they part of Trader Vic's "Trader" style, representing "exotic" import items, like the sake bundles and crates he used. Actually, ARE they Chinese? Where do they come from in Asian culture in the first place?

I want the answers by 10:00 pm tonite.


 
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Fres-tiki
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From: Fresno, CA
Posted: 2007-05-10 10:23 pm   Permalink

I believe they "are" Chinese. I've seen tiles like the ones pictured in the basement of a store in San Francisco's Chinatown. They were on a shelf with other building decorations like ceramic roof tiles, etc. I've also seen them used in some Western architecture from the twenties. Architect Julia Morgan (Hearst Castle) used them in one of her YWCA building designs.

 
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bigtikidude
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2007-05-10 10:28 pm   Permalink

I know this is childish and stupid but I gotta say it,

there were tiles in that pic.?

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2007-05-10 10:52 pm   Permalink

My money's on that being a photo from a Mai Kai calendar - 1982, perhaps?

 
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Gigantalope
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From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2007-05-11 06:38 am   Permalink

Minnie's (Modesto)has a bunch of those tiles up still. They really give a formal, character to a place.

 
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tikiyaki
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2007-05-11 09:45 am   Permalink

Yes, those are some nice Ti..........um, Tiles.

 
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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2007-05-11 10:01 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-05-10 18:20, bigbrotiki wrote:
...which brings up the question again: How come these tiles were such a staple of Tiki lounge decor !?
Were they introduced by Don The Beachcomber when he polynesian-ized Chinese cuisine, as a left over of that, or were they part of Trader Vic's "Trader" style, representing "exotic" import items, like the sake bundles and crates he used. Actually, ARE they Chinese? Where do they come from in Asian culture in the first place?

I want the answers by 10:00 pm tonite.


I'm SO glad someone finally asked this question. I've wanted to know the same thing for quite a while, but wasn't sure how to describe them and I guess I was too lazy to post a picture. Someone please describe the orgins of these and their design. And I've always seen them tied to bamboo in that fashion. I would love to have a wall of these at home. What a great room divider they would make.

And, yes, judging from to 'doo, I'd say 1982 (Rock The Casbah!) for this Mai-Kai calendar pic is just about right on the money.


 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2007-05-11 10:06 am   Permalink

Quote:

I've wanted to know the same thing for quite a while, but wasn't sure how to describe them and I guess I was too lazy to post a picture. Someone please describe the orgins of these and their design. And I've always seen them tied to bamboo in that fashion. I would love to have a wall of these at home. What a great room divider they would make.


You know, I just re-read my post and if you read it as though I was referring to the lovely sarong-clad server, it's really quite funny.


 
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POCKETIKI
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Joined: Aug 02, 2006
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From: UK
Posted: 2007-05-11 3:53 pm   Permalink

I'm pretty sure those tiles are the same as the ones in TRADER VIC'S here in London, England. If so, I would imagine they must have been used in some of the other locations around the globe? I'll check next time I'm in there which hopefully will be in the next week or so! Barkeep!...Make mine a Mai-Tile!!!
Trader Jim - Make mine a Mai-Tai!


 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2007-05-11 4:57 pm   Permalink

At 30 bucks apiece, she's about 5 dollars more expensive than I remember these being in the Oceanic Arts catalog. For architectual salvage, she's way off. They are a tiki bar staple, though. For a 4-to 6 tile order, why not...

 
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Formikahini
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From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2007-05-12 3:36 pm   Permalink

And I've only ever seen them for sale for $100 a piece (on which I of course passed)!

But I'd be thrilled to have access to them, be they $25 or $30 a piece.

Not that I have one freakin' free square inch on which to place them....


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-05-12 5:34 pm   Permalink

...I'm not gonna let this one go away THAT easy:

While I am still seeking to throw some light on the mystery of the Chinese Tiles in Tiki style, here is what I know:

First, to get a good image of the subject at hand, I will borrow two of Tikiskip's photos from his Kahiki Catalog thread, they are the clearest shot of the tiles I have found, and of how they are lashed in between bamboo frames:


Thanks, Skip!

Here is one of MANY Trader Vic's that used them, the Portland Trader in 1959, left AND right, with Barney West masks hung from them:


Here is the London Trader Vic's, whose other decor shows why I attribute them to the TRADER-style:


Then there was THE LUAU in Beverly Hills (visible on the bottom, in the foreground and background).


It is obvious that these tiles had become part of the standard vocabulary of Tiki Temple decor. But HOW and WHY?

My 1991 Orchids of Hawaii catalog which has TONS of Chinese restaurant crap in it is of NO help, it just proves how far the Tiki Devolution had progressed at the time: Tridacna shells, Tikis AND the tiles were all made out of plastic by then!:


Here is an ad from the 1958 LA Times that shows that the tiles were not only used in restaurants:


Sometimes these tiles are the ONLY proof left that there once was a Tiki edifice. When visiting Bing Crosby's Blue Skies Mobile Home Village during the last Palm Springs Modcom tour...

(No tiles in this shot, just Der Bingle)

I was thrilled to find THIS rendering for a Tikified mobile unit in the club house:

(note the awning support post to the left of the Tiki)

After an extensive urban archeological survey of the whole park, I was finally able to identify the site ONLY by the tiles that were left as the last remaining sign of its former glory:


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