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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-18 06:53 am   Permalink

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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 was looking up an unrelated topic and found this link that Limbo Lizard posted a few months back.
Chinese Ming Dynasty Openwork Tiles ca 15th Century AD with authenticity guaranteed for only $700 each.

Assuming that's true, now you have an answer to your question Sven
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-06-19 01:39 am   Permalink

Great info MDM...and only $700 for the authenticity...gorgeous tile!!!

 
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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2011-06-19 8:01 pm   Permalink

Apparently, you gots your "vintage tiles" (mere decades old),... and then you gots your truly vintage tiles (centuries!).
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2011-06-19 9:19 pm   Permalink

I think that one would definitely be considered pre-tiki

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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2012-05-08 11:14 am   Permalink

Stopping by Smuggler's Cove last night got me thinking about these tiles again... I've accumulated quite a few, which will be integrated into my tiki room eventually.

Here are the ones in my collection:

my "antique" tiles I found in various places...



tiles from Chinatown SF:



from Trader Vic's St. Louis:



jade tile lamp shade, also from TV St. Louis (Smuggler's Cove has one of these too):



Thanks for lookin'-
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-08 9:09 pm   Permalink

Great collection Trad'r Bill. I have looked around Chinatown in SF several times for those on visits and have yet to find a store that has them. I even keep a photo on my phone to show the shop keepers what I am trying to find. I should be heading up that way this summer, so any info on location would be appreciated.

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bongofury
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Posted: 2012-05-08 9:19 pm   Permalink

I really like the lamp and have never seen the tiles in the wild.

 
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thomamas
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Posted: 2012-05-08 9:32 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-05-08 21:09, Dustycajun wrote:
Great collection Trad'r Bill. I have looked around Chinatown in SF several times for those on visits and have yet to find a store that has them. I even keep a photo on my phone to show the shop keepers what I am trying to find. I should be heading up that way this summer, so any info on location would be appreciated.

DC



Have you tried the Tai Yick Trading Company at 1400 Powell?

I bought some tiles from them on eBay a few years back. Their eBay seller id is bestchinaware on eBay, and they have websites at
www.taiyick.net and www.bestchinaware.net.

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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2012-05-09 04:19 am   Permalink

Wat Arun in Bangkok is decorated with a large amount of jade tiles...



and tons of broken Chinese porcelain..



..all the ceramic that decorates the temple was brought from China as ballast in trading ships. So Jade tiles really started off as cheap goods to fill space when shipping more expensive products, attractive packing peanuts if you will.


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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2012-05-09 09:11 am   Permalink

Cool pictures atomictikitony - I had never heard that they were used as ballast material.

DC, Thomamas and I bought ours at the same place... Tai Yick on Powell. I also got tipped off to this place through eBay... I think they were around $25/ea. Probably want to call to see if they have them in stock...


I figured I might as well share some pictures of the lamp shade I've collected:

Trader Vic's Scottsdale (first incarnation):


TV Tokyo:


TV Dallas (on the wall on the right):


Smuggler's Cove:


I also saw a bunch of these at TV LA Live, but can't find a picture right now...

Enjoy-
-Trad'r Bill

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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-05-11 8:42 pm   Permalink

Would be cool for some potters to make a modern day version of these. Small ones for coasters, larger ones for wall or room divider decor. Maybe someone is already doing that and I have missed it, if so, a link would be handy. I love these tiles, they are certainly beautiful in shape, style and colors.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-05-11 9:03 pm   Permalink

I made a prototype coaster Vamp but never got around to making a mold and making up a bunch


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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-05-11 9:11 pm   Permalink

Ah yes...I remember your fabulous coaster...you should go with that...I would certainly love a set.
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2012-05-13 6:41 pm   Permalink

I second that motion. I think the coasters are a great idea and would love to get a set.

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-05-13 7:01 pm   Permalink

There ya go Mike...your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to make Tile Coasters.

 
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