Origin and purpose of itty bitty tile top iron table?

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  1. Sedona

    Sedona Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone. I wasn’t sure if a tile top iron table goes under furniture, metalware or pottery…

    I’m in So Cal and got this rather low (6” high) six-tile iron table a few years ago. I haven’t seen anything like it in this size. Any thoughts as to its use? Center of a dining room table? Trivet for a buffer/sideboard? My educated guess is that it from the 1920s-30s.

    It has six very vibrant orange tiles on top. I collect pre-war California pottery, and the orange glaze doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen before. One of the local antique dealers thought it looks like a custom piece created with Catalina tile, but of course thinking every old tile piece is Catalina is a little like thinking every stained glass lamp is Tiffany…of course, it would be cool if it were. The piece is totally unmarked. Each tile is roughly 4” x 4”. It has heft to it. Despite its age it’s in excellent condition.

    The grout also has a reddish-orange color to it.

    Any thoughts?

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  2. Joe in PA

    Joe in PA Well-Known Member

  3. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I was going to say plant stand too.
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  4. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    Tabletop riser to display decor or plant?
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  5. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    An overachieving trivet?
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  6. Sedona

    Sedona Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Any thoughts on tile origin? It’s not a drop in like the exemplar, and there’s a metal base.
  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    it's got the Tex Mex look....so .....
  8. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Very late 60s "Spanish Colonial", with those orange tiles and wrought iron.
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  9. Sedona

    Sedona Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I went back and found the paperwork from the antiques dealer who sold it to me. It was represented to have been made in the 1920s.
  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    No older than 1960s with those very orange tiles, imo.
  11. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Late 1960s into the 1970s would fit with the surge in popularity of house plants.

  12. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I’d agree on sixties into seventies. I’ve seen these here as sort of table top trivets, but a plant stand would work.
  13. Sedona

    Sedona Well-Known Member

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