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Fantastic Creatures: Happy Dragons

William De Morgan Dragons and Foliage

But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them. Ursula K. Le Guin

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William De Morgan Reproducton Tile Panel, 'Happy Dragons'. Twenty-tile panel, with foliage border.  Center tiles are six inches.

This is a very scalable design. The original panel consists of 20 tiles. The dragon pattern repeats in both directions, making it an excellent candidate for filling in odd sized spaces. The dragon tiles are available in 4.25 and 6 inches. The corner carnations are 3 inches square, and the foliage panels are 6 inches by 3 inches. The panels are available in lustre red, cobalt blue, copper and gold. Just for fun, I also made the center dragons in in De Morgan Persian blues, from his Persian palette.

Too Much Historical Information: The date of the original panel is the subject of much debate. De Morgan did make red lustre tiles on earthenware blanks well into his Fulham period (1888-1907), and the V∓A dates the piece as 1888. Arts and Crafts historian Michael Robinson dates is as c. 1882, which would be right after De Morgan's move to Merton Abbey (see About William De Morgan for an overview of his "periods"). I am inclined to agree with Michael Robinson. In the years preceding the move to Merton Abbey, De Morgan experimented with different glazes. He had begun experimenting with lustreware early in his Chelsea period, but several years of experimentation followed. He eventually made his own earthenware tiles, but the purchased blanks he used during his Chelsea and Merton Abbey periods, sometimes made the lustre uneven, as in the original of this panel. He also implemented these center tiles in cobalt blue.. The foliage border is not unique to this panel but appears in various forms in many of De Morgan's tiles and borders.

Application: These tiles are a good choice for fireplace* tile panels, or as a a full or undercabinet backsplash.

    Title: William De Morgan : Happy Dragons

    Panels: Seamless dragons

    Size: Center tiles are 6 inch (15.24 cm) or 8 inch (20.32 cm) square tiles, also available in 4.25 inch

    Corner carnations are on 3 inch tiles. Foliage borders are 6 inches by 3 inches.

    Colors: The background color is cream but can be modified easily. Other colors can be modified slightly. See How to Order Tile.

    Availability: Can usually be shipped in two to three weeks, depending on how many tiles you need.

    William De Morgan Happy Dragons with foliage borders in cobalt blue, gold and copper.

    Center dragon tiles

    Four dragons tiles (two of each orientation): $380 (4.25 inch) / $410 (6 inch)

    Additional dragon sets (one of each orientation): $180 (any size tiles)

    Carnation and Foliage Borders

    Four carnation corners (3 inches square) : $53

    Foliage panels, each (6 x 3 inches): $42 each

    Complete Panel including border

    Original 20-tile panel with six dragons (3 reversed), 10 borders, 4 corner tiles: $1063

    Square panel, 18 tiles, with four dragons (2 reversed), 8 borders, 4 corner tiles: $799

    *Fireplace renovations can have more space constraints than tile renovations and the configurations are endless. By changing the tiles blanks to 8 x 6, the height can be increased or decreased in 6-inch increments. Leaving a slightly larger outside border allows widths to be adjusted at install time. Let me know if your project needs this kind of accommodation.

    William De Morgan dragons in his Persian Palette Just for fun, I made the center dragons in De Morgan blues, from his Persian color palette. De Morgan never did this, but he might have!

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