Victorian Nursery Tiles

CFA Voysey Alice in Wonderland Tiles

"I quite agree with you," said the Duchess; "and the moral of that is -- 'Be what you would seem to be' -- or if you'd like it put more simply -- Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise. ~Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland Characters

Alice in Wonderland - CFA Voysey nursery tiles produced by Minton and Co.

Top Row: Bluebells and mushrooms, White Queen, Red Queen, Cheshire Cat, Painting Roses, Lion, Walrus and Carpenter, Dinah, Alice.
Bottom Row: Cheshire Cat in tree, Griffin, Knave of Hearts, Rabbit Herald, Mad Hatter, Tree, Executioner, Late Rabbit, Tiger Lily

CFA Voysey Alice Tiles for Minton Co.

This set of Alice in Wonderland tiles based primarily on CFA Voysey's Alice in Wonderland tiles produced by Minton Co. John Tenniel's illustrations and Voysey's Alice designs for tile and textiles. Where characters were missing, I've supplemented with the original John Tenniel illustrations.

Alice's Adventures Underground: The Backstory

Alice's Adventures Underground, later Alice in Wonderland, was written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodsen). Surprisingly, it received poor reviews and it wasn't until its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There was released in 1871 that the Alice tales began to gain popularity. By the 1890s, when CFA Voysey designed the Alice tiles for Minton Co., Alice was well-known in all British nurseries.

Entry from Lewis Carroll's diary, 1862-1864, where he notes the first telling of Alice to Alice Liddell and her sisters.

Entry from Lewis Carroll's diary, 1862-1864, where he notes his first telling the story to Alice Liddell and her sisters.

CFA Voysey and William Morris

Voysey was 24 years younger than Morris, but was a great admirer of his work and the first wave of the Arts and Crafts movement. Although his Alice in Wonderland fabric and wallpaper is better known, he first designed the Alice tiles thirty before turning his hand to the fabric. The first ten tiles are based on the tiles CFA Voysey did for Minton and Co. in 1890, more than a decade after Morris & Co had stopped producing tiles in-house.

The original CFA Voysey tile designs, produced by Minton:

CFA Voysey design tiles for Minton Company, 1890

The remaining tiles are based on the fabric designs, and accented with foliage from Alice and other designs.

CFA Voysey Alice in Wonderland Fabric Design, 1920

CFA Voysey original design for Alice in Wonderland Fabric 1920

Alice in Wonderland Accent Tiles

Alice character accent tiles are available on 4.25 and 6 inch tiles with a cream or white background.

The White Rabbit, original CFA Voysey design for Alice in Wonderland produced by Minton Co., 1890s Alice in Wonderland, original CFA Voysey design for Alice in Wonderland produced by Minton Co., 1890s The White Rabbit as herald, original CFA Voysey design for Alice in Wonderland produced by Minton Co., 1890s

Voysey Fabric Field Tiles

In addition to the accent tiles featuring the Alice in Wonderland characters, there are floral field tiles, and seamless field tiles based on the CFA Voysey fabric produced some 20 years after the tiles were designed. All tiles are available with white or cream backgrounds.

This seamless six-inch tiles based on Voysey fabric is seamless in both directions:

CFA Voysey Alice in Wonderland pattern, single tile

Alice Floral Field Tiles

There are four Alice field tiles: The seamless six-inch square tiles based on CFA Voysey fabric (shown above) and three floral tiles available in 6 inch square or 8x6 inch: Bluebells and Mushrooms, Red Tiger Lilies, and Yellow Tulips.

CFA Voysey Alice in Wonderland bluebell field tile CFA Voysey Alice in Wonderland Tiger Lily field tile CFA Voysey Alice in Wonderland tulip field tile

Available Colors

Field tiles, like the character tiles, are available with white or cream backgrounds.

Pricing for Voysey and Tenniel Alice in Wonderland Tiles

Title: Alice in Wonderland

Set: 18 tiles

Size: 4.25 and 6 inch. Floral field tiles in 6 inch or 8 x 6 inch.

4.25 inch square tiles: $44

6 inch square tiles: $55

8x6 inch field tiles: $77

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