British Art Nouveau Tiles Puzzle

The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!

The Victorian love of elaborate patterning was carried into the 20th century by the Art Nouveau style that flourished from c. 1890 to c. 1910. Popular motifs in the decorative style were inspired by natural forms such as the sinuous curves of plants. A sense of dynamism and movement is often found in Art Nouveau decoration.

These tiles clearly illustrate those characteristics of the style. Tiles like these were often used around fireplaces or in pieces of furniture.

Ceramic tiles by Minton and other potters in the UK were shipped all over the globe. This example is located in a palace in Bikaner, in the Great Indian Desert in northwest India and dates to the early years of the 20th century. Similar tiles can be found in American homes built at the same period. Ceramic tile preservation, restoration, and replication is covered in detail in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!

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