William De Morgan was a lifelong friend of William Morris, and worked with him at Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. in 1863, initially overseeing the manufacture of stained glass but moved on to tiles by reason of both interest and talent. Early tiles at the 'The Firm' could have been designed and painted by several of the principals and staff, including Morris himself, Webb, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, De Morgan, Kate and Lucy Faulkner, and were rarely signed. For this reason, it is difficult to say definitively whose hand we see in the tiles. Four tiles line the Green Room fireplace at Kelmscott Manor and three of these are early tiles: Artichoke, a variation of Kelmscott swans, and Morris Sunflower.
The renowned sunflower tiles had been installed in the Green Room fireplace and originate from a Morris design. Mysteriously, however, they were made by the Dutch firm, Ravensteijn and sold by Morris & Co.
- Designer: Kerry Goodwin
- Dimensions: H 12.50 x W 8.00 x D 8.00 cm
- Availability: Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery
- Product Width8.00cm
- Product Height12.50cm
- Product Depth8.00cm
- Designer:Kerry Goodwin
- Collection:William Morris Collection 2019
- Design Window (Style):Florian & Structured