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Medieval Tiles: Manuscripts, Crowns and Celestials

Give me love and work -- these two only. ~William Morris

Medieval Crowns: Flowers and Feathers

Sections on this Page:

Morris Labors of the Months          Duc de Berry Book of Hours          Medieval Crowns

More Myth and Medieval:

Bestiary Dragons, Unicorns, Pets          Gardens and Herbals          Medieval Maps

William Morris Labors of the Months

William Morris Labors of the Months

Labors of the Months

The Labors of the Months undercabinet backsplash tiles are based on tiles produced by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. (Morris & Co.'s predecessor) in the 1860s-1870s. They in turn were based on earlier tiles made for the Queens' College Overmantel at Cambridge.

Book of Hours

Book of Hours Murals at the Hall of Laureates, World Food Prize Foundations

Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry

Labors of the Months Tiles

Tres Riches Heures backsplash tiles

Tres Riches Heures undercabinet tiles, January and February. Two months per tile.

The Très Riches Heures tiles are available in two formats:

Limited Edition Murals, suitable for a large backsplash, wall installation, or framed murals. I made the limited edition murals made for the World Food Prize Foundation at the request of Ambassador Quinn. Des Moines, Iowa

Undercabinet Backsplash or Border tiles

Medieval Crowns

Medieval Crowns
Flowers and Feathers, Medieval Crowns
based on the crown of Anton Seder, around 1890.

Monoceros Star Map

Monoceros Star Map
Monoceros Star Map

Monoceros is Greek for unicorn, but the Monoceros constellation was unknown to the ancient Greeks. There are no unicorns in Greek mythology, but they do appear in texts of natural history as being native creatures to India. The Monoceros constellation was identified in the 1612 by Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius. This mural is based on the map in Atlas Coelestis of John Flamsteed.

Unicorns appear in the predecessor of the medieval bestiary, the Physiologus, a second century Christian text written in Greek.