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Daisies were the first Morris flower. Daisy tiles and later wallpaper and many fabrics were inspired by an earlier embroidery done by Jane Morris to decorate Red House. The bottom row of tiles is representative of the Morris, Marshall and Faulkner tiles of the 1860s. The middle row, with the heavy fronding, seems to me to show Kate Faulkner's hand. The top row is a Morris & Co. tile from the 1880s, after Morris & Co. were no longer producing tiles in-house. It was probably executed in De Morgan's tileworks. This pattern was sold by Morris & Co. into the 20th century.
Jane's daisies inspired several Red House tiles, most notably Columbine.
The fairy tale tiles consist of three stories, and the surrounding swan tiles:
Fairy Tale Tiles Overview
Customer Installation photos
Cinderella Fireplace Tiles
Sleeping Beauty Fireplace Tiles
Left: De Morgan Tulip and Trellis 1890. Light variation. Right: William Morris Tulip and Trellis, 1870, executed by De Morgan.
Poppies are available in Salmon Pink, Golden Yellow, Welsh Blue, Tangerine
Ariadne and Phyllida, The Legend of Good Wimmen
Ariadne and Phyllida are from The Legend of Good Wimmen tiles, but were not part of the original set. In The Romaunt of the Rose, Chaucer makes many disparaging remarks. In the Prologue to The Legend of Good Wimmen, the God of Love appears to Chaucer in a dream dressed in the colors of the daisy take him to task for his irreverence. Good Wimmen is his redemption.
Then said Love, "It was a great negligence to write about the lack of steadfastness of women, since you know their goodness by experience and by old stories as well. Set aside the chaff, and write well of the corn. Why would you not write of Alceste, and leave Criseyde sleeping in peace? For your writing should be of Alceste, since you know that she is a model of goodness; for she taught noble love, and especially how a wife ought to live, and all the bounds that she should keep. Your little wit was sleeping that time. But now I charge you on your life that in your Legend you write of this woman, after you have written of other lesser ones. And now farewell, I charge you no more. (Geoffrey Chaucer, The Legend of Good Wimmen, Prologue)