Of blue choose those shades that have the pure, slightly grey, tone of indigo dye (varying somewhat, of course, on different materials). The quality of this colour is singularly beautiful, and not easy to describe except by negatives : it is neither slatey, nor too hot, nor too cold, nor does it lean to that unutterably coarse green-blue, libellously called "peacock" blue ; it has different tones, brilliant sometimes, and sometimes quiet, reminding one now of the grey-blue of a distant landscape, and now of the intense blue of a midday summer sky, if anything can resemble that. ~May Morris
There is little that is more "Victorian" than the love of blue and white ceramics. Delft, Chinoiserie, Iznik, even mass-produced Minton Willow found places in Victorian homes. William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti both displayed prized blue and white china collection in their homes.
William Morris, Kelmscott blue and white china collection
Please read: Not every tile from each set shown here. Some tiles are available on marble and ceramic, most only ceramic. Follow the links to the product pages to see colors and variations.
From top left: • Nine-bough square, • Kelmscott artichoke, • Early blue Longden (three variations), • William De Morgan flying foliage, • De Morgan blue scroll, • De Morgan foliage, upright, • Strawberry Thief- blue on white, • Medway (Tulip Vine), • Willow in blue, • Brother Rabbit, • 'The Hill' Fairy tale swans- one inch swans, • William De Morgan Happy Dragons, • Kelmscott swans- cobalt blue (other variations), • William De Morgan Happy Dragons, • Phillip Webb Red House Birds (Not all shown), • 'William De Morgan Ships, • Brother Rabbit, blue bird on white, • Columbine in blue and white, • Late Morris & Co. swans, • Lodden- indigo on white, • William Morgan De Birds and Beasts (Not all shown), • De Morgan ships and foliage (Not all shown), • May Morris flower pot, blue, • Birds and Betrayal- blue on white, • Birds and betrayal- white on blue, • Edward Detmold Aesop's Fables (Not all shown), • Early William Morris daisy in blue and white, • Brother Rabbit bird in white on Victorian Blue, • De Morgan Blue Weavers.
The Philip Webb Red House Birds and border tiles are shown on a white background. Both the borders and accent tiles are available with a white or cream background. Birds are available as individual tiles.
See the Red House Border Tiles.
William Morris - William De Morgan Victorian Dragons (available with white or cream background)
De Morgan Birds and Beasts
May Morris Flower Pot
Morris Woodblock Daisy
Blue and White Strawberry Thief
Evolution of Daisies
Aesop's Fables Nursery Tiles
Blue and White Ships
Red House Birds
Floral Blue Tiles
Victorian Blue and White Dragons
Kelmscott Chaucer Tiles
William Morris Swans
William De Morgan Fantastic Creatures
Victorian animals and birds by Edward Detmold, from Aesop's Fables. Victorian Nursery Tiles.
Edward-Burne Jones illustrations for the Kelmscott
Chaucer tiles in cobalt and white.