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William De Morgan Fantastic Birds and Beasts

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. ~Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll standing before his William De Morgan tile fireplace at Christ Church, Oxford

Lewis Carroll standing before his William De Morgan tile fireplace at Christ Church, Oxford. Carroll (Charles Dodgson) was a good friend of the Rossetti family. Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a principal at Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co., where De Morgan began his tile career.

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William De Morgan blue and white animal tiles

Hoopee and Owl with Rat by William Morris Tile

Lewis Carroll's Fireplace at Oxford

Shown is Lewis Carroll's fireplace with a De Morgan ship triptych and Fantastic Animals tiles:

Lewis Carroll's fireplace showing a mix of William De Morgan Ship Tryptich and Fanastic Animal Tiles

Fantastic Birds

From top left: Hawk and hare, lynx, Art Nouveau kingfisher, leaping hares, scroll and flowers, Dodo and berries, seal and fishes, deer, Secretary Bird and Salamander. William De Morgan blue and white birds and beasts tiles. WilliamMorrisTile.com

From top left: Hawk and hare, lynx, Art Nouveau kingfisher, leaping hares, scroll and flowers, Dodo and berries, seal and fishes, deer, Secretary Bird and Salamander.

From top left: Pelican, diving swallow, eagle and snark, grebe, fishing kingfisher, subtle peacock, owl and rat, hoopee, Art Nouveau Dodo. William De Morgan blue and white birds. from WilliamMorrisTile.com

From top left: Pelican, diving swallow, eagle and snark, grebe, fishing kingfisher, subtle peacock, owl and rat, hoopee and snark, Art Nouveau Dodo

Fantastic Beasts

Artichoke, turtle, big fish-little fish, Stork and frog, Persian vase, great fish, happy dolphin, unicorn, griffin. William De Morgan blue and white fish and flowers tiles. WilliamMorrisTile.com

From top left: Artichoke, turtle, big fish-little fish, Stork and frog, Persian vase, Great fish, Happy dolphin, Unicorn, Griffin

From left: Scroll, parting dragon, hippogryph, two storks, secretary bird and salamander, peccary, Art Nouveau fish and hares, grouse, Art Nouveau dog and fish. William De Morgan blue and white fantastic creatures tiles. WilliamMorrisTile.com

From left: Scroll, parting dragon, hippogryph, two storks, secretary bird and salamander, peccary, Art Nouveau fish and hares, grouse, Art Nouveau dog and fish

Early De Morgan Animal Tiles

William De Morgan began making his fantastic birds and animals as early as his Chelsea period. The first tiles were red lustre, but were later made in red lustre, blue, green, and sepia, and were very popular.

Individual Birds and Beasts Tiles

Tile: Ceramic

Set: No fixed number

Tile: Ceramic

Size: 4.25 inch tiles, and 6 inch

Field Tiles

William De Morgan fantastic birds and scroll field tiles

You can also use the De Morgan foliage tiles as alternating field tiles with the De Morgan fantatic birds and animals:

William Morris, William De Morgan Early Blue Longden

Pricing for De Morgan Fantastic Birds and Beasts

Tiles with Background Foliage and Scrolls

4.25 inch square tiles: $45 each

6 inch-square tiles: $58 each

Tiles without Background Decoration

4.25 inch square tiles: $42 each

6 inch-square tiles: $53 each

Red Lustre Tiles

Many of these designs were also done in red lustre. To see an example of the red lustre tiles, see William De Morgan Bar Owls and Scrolls.

Related Pages

William De Morgan Tile Gallery

William De Morgan Ships and Galleons

Fantastic Ducks

Dragon and Foliage Panel

Blue Weaver Birds

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