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William De Morgan Bestiary

De Morgan Winged Beast (Gryphon)

Fireplace or Backsplash Tile Panel

William De Morgan reproduction gryphons on eight-inch tiles, Fulham period

William De Morgan reproduction gryphons on eight-inch tiles

This winged beast, possibly a gryphon, from William De Morgan's Fulham Period is representative of medieval themes and values on the early Arts & Crafts principals, such as William Morris and William De Morgan.

Application: These tiles are suitable for interior use and can be installed on walls, backsplashes, showers, and fireplace surrounds.

    Title: William De Morgan : Winged Beast (Gryphon)

    Panels: 3 or 4 tiles in a vertical panel

    Tile: Ceramic

    Size: 6 inch (15.24 cm) or 8 inch (20.32 cm) square tiles, 8 x 6 inch rectangular tiles

    Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

    Colors: Can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

    Availability: Can usually be shipped in about a week.


    Six Inch Tile Panel (3 tiles) : $370 / $690 (two facing panels, 6 tiles)

    Eight Inch Tile Panel (3 tiles): $ $425 / $825 (two facing panels, 6 tiles)

    Eight x Six Inch Tile Panel (4 tiles): $ $515 / $915 (two facing panels, 8 tiles)

    Marble (6 inch only): $460 / $880 (two facing panels)

Why You Should Own Gryphons

The Gryphon has the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. As the lion is the king of the beasts and the eagle is the king of the air the Gryphon is an especially powerful and majestic creature.

Gryphons are more fierce than dragons, more majestic than unicorns and revered by more countries and civilizations as a superior beast to be honored. As passionate as they are in protection for their Keeper and self they are equally as passionate in giving love to their Keeper. They are one of the most powerful, magical and mystical creatures to ever exist.

They are the guardian of hidden treasure, gold mines, precious stones and nests its fortunes. When you become their Keeper they will lead you to fortunes of your own. They will help you gain monetary rewards as well as amass other valuables. They are a powerful and extremely magical creature that loves to be near wealth.

The Gryphon is highly in tune with the spiritual and astral realms using their portals to her advantage. She scours at all times any avenue to take which will lead to rewards and blessings.

Gryphons were consecrated to the Sun; and ancient painters represented the chariot of the Sun as drawn by gryphons. The gryphon inhabits the Scythia steppes that reaches from modern Ukraine to central Asia; there gold and precious stones are abundant; and when strangers approach to gather the stones, the creatures leap on them and tear them to pieces... and they protect your wealth and fortune the same way. They gather the riches and protect them for you with extreme fervor.

Gryphons are special, truly unique creatures that enjoy having a human Keeper as they have always held humans with affection... this connection to humans is thought to be why they are favored to be used in heraldry.

They are highly divine creatures that are extremely loyal... they mate for life and when their partner dies they never look for another mate. They feel an eternal and personal bond with their Keepers as well. When someone invites them into their home they make a deep and meaningful connection to their Keeper and serve them vigorously.

They have been adored, admired and loved by civilizations for centuries over many, many countries including Egypt, England, France, Germany and many more.


William De Morgan, Winged Beast or Gryphon

A Note about this Tile

The three-tile William De Morgan Winged Beast panel is the first runner up for the honor of being my most stolen web image (The Fantastic Bird is the winner). It is disheartening to find images of tiles I've restored taken from my website used to sell small tiles on Bonanza, Etsy, and Ebay at a tenth of the cost of the materials I use.

Claims made about their suitability for exterior applications are simply not true. They will not stand up to repeated freezes and thaws. I do not watermark but I know the tiles I've restored as if they were children -- I've worked on them for weeks or months and in a few cases, years. What is being sold there is either an enlargement of a web image (and that will not go well) or a copy of a photo of a tile that hasn't been restored.

In the tile photo above, I've left a space estimating the size of the grout lines at the bottom -- you'll see that the lines in the tail will align correctly when installed. The image on the two upper tiles are misaligned because the tiles are so close together, not taking into account the grout line.

What the photo does not show as well as I'd like is that color wraps around the edge of the tile. Grout shrinks as it dries and may shrink slightly more over time, so this ensure that a line of white edging will not appear.

How to Order a Sample Tile

I can make you a sample tile for panels and backsplashes. Here's how to get a sample tile:

shopping basketOrder a panel/backsplash sample. When you've finished your checkout, you'll be redirected to a page where you can tell me the backplash or panel you are interested in and ask any questions you might have.

The shipping calculator should work for the US and Canada. If it's off, we can settle up when I ship your order. For other countries, contact me so I can send you an invoice for your sample.

Keepsake Gift Box

Alternatively, you can order a full-size individual tile on a hardwood gift box. Most have locks and keys.

William De Morgan Gryphon Keepsake Box