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William De Morgan tile fireplace at Christ Church, Oxford. Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) was a good friend of the Rossetti family. Rossetti was a principal at Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co., where De Morgan began his tile career.
William De Morgan made red lustre tiles in, or possibly before, his Chelsea period (1872-1881), making a series of fantastic ships, birds, beasts, and flowers that quickly became very popular. While most of the blanks for his chargers and vases were bought from Wedgwood, Minton, and other manufacturers, he later came to develop his own tiles, which were more moisture resistent and more accommodating to his glazes and transfer methods.
Shown is Lewis Carroll's fireplace with a De Morgan ship triptych and red lustre birds and animals.
From top left: School of fish, Hunting Kingfisher*, Jabberwocky*, Owl and rat, Marmot*, tight scroll, Hoopee and Snark, Eagle and Snark, DoDo with grasses*, Art Nouveau Kingfisher*, Double Sunflower, Dodo with Berries, Fireplace Eagle and Snark*, Peacock, Deer*, fantastic ducks*, artichoke, Secretary bird and salamander, Double scroll, Vase and flowers, Crow and Foliage, Sunflower, Hawk and rabbit, open scroll.
*This fantastic creature is part of the Lewis Carroll fireplace.
Size: 4.25 inch tiles, and 6 inch
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
William De Morgan Ships and Galleons (Red Ship Triptych)
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