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.
Cobalt blue, stylised swans featured on the border tiles within the ‘Fairy Tale’ overmantels at The Hill, (home of architect, Miles Birket Foster), and were offered by Morris & Co. well into the 20th century. The Fairy Tale tiles consist of three stories: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. At some point, the swans were brought into Kelmscott Manor, and later variants of the Kelmscott Swans featured scrolled foliage.
- Designer: Kerry Goodwin
- Dimensions: H 5.50 x W 6.00 x D 6.00 cm
- Availability: Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery
- Product Width6.00cm
- Product Height5.50cm
- Product Depth6.00cm
- Designer:Kerry Goodwin
- Collection:William Morris Collection 2019
- Design Window (Style):Florian & Structured / Birds & Feathers