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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.
Hoopee and Owl with Rat by William Morris Tile
Shown is Lewis Carroll's fireplace with a De Morgan ship triptych and Fantastic Animals tiles:
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 and snark, Art Nouveau Dodo
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 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.
Set: No fixed number
Size: 4.25 inch tiles, and 6 inch
You can also use the De Morgan foliage tiles as alternating field tiles with the De Morgan fantatic birds and animals:
4.25 inch square tiles: $45 each
6 inch-square tiles: $58 each
4.25 inch square tiles: $42 each
6 inch-square tiles: $53 each
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.
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