Victorian Era: Blue and White Tiles

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Of blue choose those shades that have the pure, slightly grey, tone of indigo dye (varying somewhat, of course, on different materials). The quality of thiscolour is singularly beautiful, and not easy to describe except by negatives : it is neither slatey, nor too hot, nor too cold, nor does it lean to that unutterably coarse green-blue, libellously called "peacock" blue; it has different tones, brilliant sometimes, and sometimes quiet, reminding one now of the grey-blue of a distant landscape, and now of the intense blue of a midday summer sky, if anything can resemble that. ~May Morris

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti's blue and white china collection
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's blue and white china collection

William and Jane Morris, Kelmscott blue and white china collection
William Morris, Kelmscott blue and white china collection

Morris and Rossetti Collections

There is little that is more "Victorian" than the love of blue and white ceramics. Delft, Chinoiserie, Iznik, even mass-produced Minton Willow found places in Victorian homes. William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti both displayed prized blue and white china collection in their homes.

Blue and White Victorian Tiles

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Early Morris & Co. Tiles

Morris / Kelmscott Tiles

William De Morgan Tiles

Not every tile from each set shown here. Some tiles are available on marble and ceramic, most only ceramic. Follow the links to the product pages to see colors and variations.

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Other Blue and White Tile Pages

Blue and White Floral Tiles

Blue and White Foliage Tiles

William Morris Designs in Blue and White

Happy Dragons

Blue and White Birds and Beasts

Ships and Galleons

Boughs, Scrolls, and Swirls

Swans, Swans, and more Swans

Kelmscott Chaucer Tiles

Kelmscott House Blue and White Poppies

Morris and De Morgan Sunflowers

May Morris Flower Pot

Merton Abbey Blue Weavers

Kelmscott Manor Persian Diaper Pattern

Morris Woodblock Daisy

Philip Webb Red House Birds

Brother Rabbit

Strawberry Thief Backsplash and Borders

Blue and White Strawberry Thief

Evolution of Daisies

Edward Detmold Aesop's Fables

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Early William Morris and Morris & Co. Blue and White Tiles

Many of these tiles are available in a variety of sizes, and have other options. Follow the image / link to see all the variations and choices. Also see Blue and White Floral Tiles for other early blue and white tiles.

William Morris Columbine, blue and white

Columbine

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Philip Webb birds

Red House Birds

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Philip Webb Whorls and Swirls

Webb Whorls and Swirls

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Fairy Tale mantle swans, 16 swans

Fairy Tale Swans

Variations: No
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

William Morris and Philip Webb, Longden design, 1884

Longden

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

William Morris / Kelmscott

Several of these are tiles from the fireplaces at Kelmscott Manor and Kelmscott Press. Others were produced at Merton Abbey in liaison with William De Morgan, who had set up his own shop down the road from Morris and sold his tiles through Morris & Co. Follow the image / link to see all the variations and choices. Also see Blue and White Floral Tiles for other Kelmscott tiles.

William Morris sunflower

Morris Sunflower

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

William De Morgan Kelmscott Artichoke

Kelmscott Artichoke

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Kelmscott swans

Kelmscott Swans

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Tile from William Morris design for cover of the Ring of the Niebelung, cobalt on white

Ring of the Niebelung

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Tile from William Morris design for cover of the Ring of the Niebelung, white on cobalt

Birds & Betrayal

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

De Morgan: Blue Weaver Birds

Blue Weaver Birds

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Kelmscott Chaucer illustration by Edward Burne-Jones: Astrolabe.  Cobalt and white tile.

Kelmscott Chaucer

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

William De Morgan and Later Morris & Co. Tiles

William De Morgan Boughs and Scrolls, 6 inch tile

Boughs & Scrolls

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Colors: Yes

William De Morgan scroll border tile

Scroll Border

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

William De Morgan happy dolphin

Birds & Beasts

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

William De Morgan Ships

De Morgan Ships

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

William De Morgan Happy Dragons

Happy Dragons

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Kelmscott swans

Morris & Co. Swans

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

Fairy Tale mantle swans, 36 swans

36 Swans

Variations: No
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

William De Morgan Blue Leaf Scroll, closed

Cobalt Closed Scroll

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes

De Morgan blue scroll

De Morgan Scroll

Variations: Yes
Sizes: Yes
Background: Yes