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William De Morgan Blue Peony Tiles

William De Morgan Blue Peony Tiles

Between 1882 and 1900 De Morgan created decorative tiles on a commission from P&O for 12 new liners. The tiles ranged from simple scrolls, such as Arabia to full murals showing exotic landscapes and Ports of Call the liners would visit through the Middle East.

William De Morgan Blue Peony Tile, framed

The blue peony tile shows De Morgan's 'Persian' period. Colors he called a Persian palette include turquoise, dark blue, manganese purple, a yellow green, Indian red, and lemon yellow. Blue Peony was designed as a commission for the P&O Liner Arabia, in 1886.

Both Morris and De Morgan had a strong interest in the Persian tiles, that we correctly call Iznak today, after the town in Turkey with a long heritage of making tile. In Victorian England, true Iznak tiles were difficult to come by, but the more provincial Damascus tiles were readily available.

This tile is reprsentative of Persian influence in De Morgan's Persian era. The fan-shaped flowers are traditional Persian themes. You can find information about De Morgan and his methods are in the articles, De Morgan Arts and Crafts and Morris and Co. Tile Making Process.

Color Variations and Specifications

Colors: Traditional De Morgan Persian Palette and Blues and Violets.

These six-inch tiles are seamless on the horizontal. They are available in the true Persian palette shown above and another with stronger turquoise and violets than one finds in other De Morgan tiles in his Fulham period. The two-tile panel available in 4.25 and 6 inch tiles.

William De Morgan *Persian* tile, Blue Peony scroll, made for the P and O liner, Arabia

Title: Blue Peony

Panels: Two ceramic tiles per panel

Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm)

Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

Weight: 11.5 ounces (326 grams) each tile


4.25 inch square tiles: $44 each tile

6 inch square tiles: $55 each tile