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William De Morgan Fantastic Birds and Beasts

William De Morgan Birds and Beasts kitchen

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

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Early De Morgan Blue and White Tiles

William De Morgan, Father of Arts & Crafts ceramics, made a series of fantastic birds and beasts, some, like the owl, dodo, and kingfisher, taken from nature but others, such as the the jabberwocky, griffin, and hippogryph come from myth and imagination.

William De Morgan blue and white animal tiles

Hoopee and Owl with Rat

William De Morgan blue and white tiles

De Morgan ships and fantastic creatures tiles

William De Morgan beasts and beasts kitchen backsplash

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. (See Lewis Carroll Fireplace at Oxford and Barn Owls and Scrolls for red lustre.)

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, crow and worm, 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, crow and worm, 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, Jabberwocky, hippogryph, two storks, secretary bird and salamander, peccary, boxing rabbits, grouse, bird and foliage. William De Morgan blue and white fantastic creatures tiles. WilliamMorrisTile.com

From left: Scroll, Jabberwocky, hippogryph, two storks, secretary bird and salamander, peccary, boxing rabbits, grouse, bird and foliage

From left: Grebe, griffin, unicorn, turtle, dragon

Pricing for De Morgan Birds and Beasts

Individual Birds and Beasts Tiles

Set: No fixed number

Tile: Ceramic

Size: 4.25 inch tiles, and 6 inch

Lewis Carroll's Fireplace at Oxford

Lewis Carroll's fireplace was done with red lustre tiles and incorporates 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

See the Lewis Carroll Fireplace tiles

Blue and White 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: $46 each

6 inch-square tiles: $58 each

Tiles without Background Decoration

4.25 inch square tiles: $43 each

6 inch-square tiles: $55 each

You Are Helping

$4 of the price of each Fantastic Bird and Beast tile is donated to International Wolf Center. (Facebook)

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