How to Use: You will find a representative tile for each pattern or type. Follow the links to the product pages to see additional colors, formats, and variations.
De Morgan's love affair with red lustre began in his Chelsea Period (1872) and continued for another 20 years, well into his Fulham Period. The barn owls pattern was also implemented as individual owl tiles in polychrome. The backsplash pattern shown is comprised of both the red lustre foliage scroll, and owl tiles themselves, of which there are variations.
The Fantastic Bird is one of the most popular tiles I have. He is part of a three-tile panel, available in 6 or eight-inch tiles
De Morgan made 18 known ships, of which I have made 15 reproductions. Most of the ships are single tiles. The De Morgan triptych design was never known to be produced in blue, only in red lustre.
Some galleons were executed in green and red lustre but most in cobalt blue. Mine are mostly cobalt blue.
I have several of De Morgan's fantastic birds and animal tiles.
The Fantastic Duck pattern was originally executed in both red lustre and indigo. De Morgan experimented with stenciling to create poloychrome ducks but with great effect: Necklaces appeared around the necklaces of the ducks on the second firing.
See Indigo Ducks
The stylized facing peacocks use De Morgan's "Persian" color palette, which was inspired by Iznak tiles and the Persian patterns that he and William Morris had taken a strong interest in. The peacocks can be used as a single accent tile or as a border. The design is taken from a larger panel of Fish and Peacocks
The Parrots and Macaws are available with white, cream, or black background. The single tiles are taken from a two- or four-tile vertical panel. The design can be reversed to make a two-tile seamless pattern.
The Membland accent tiles present a detail from Membland tile panel, the largest panel ever produced by Morris and Co. at 36 inches by 63 inches. All an formats are available with backgrounds in four colors: black, original cobalt, indigo, and cream.
Accent Tiles (all background colors shown)
Wall Mural (in heights up to 46.75 inches)
William De Morgan executed William Morris's original tulip and trellis (top right) while working at Morris & Co. in 1870. In 1890, he designed his own version of tulip and trellis (top left). At one point, De Morgan denied Morris having any influence on his work, but it is apparent here.
Bedford Daisy is named after one of the housing developments build on the outskirts of London to provide homes for the many workers who had come to London for jobs in the factories. It was a very popular pattern and variations of it were made by a number of tile houses.
Persian Peacocks, accent tiles used as border
Parrots and Macaws long panel (four tiles)
Parrots and Macaws (two tiles)
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