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 Kelmscott artichoke was probably designed by Morris and made by De Morgan for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. After De Morgan left to start his old tileworks, Artichoke was produced by De Morgan and sold through Morris & Co. The artichoke was a popular theme at Merton Abbey. William Morris produced an embroidered artichoke panel while John Henry Dearle designed an artichoke wallpaper for Morris and Co.
- Designer: Kerry Goodwin
- Dimensions: H 11.00 x W 9.00 x D 9.00 cm
- Availability: Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery
- Product Width9.00cm
- Product Height11.00cm
- Product Depth9.00cm
- Designer:Kerry Goodwin
- Collection:William Morris Collection 2019
- Design Window (Style):Florian & Structured